Matthew Wener

Matthew Wener
Mentor: Dr. Michele Manuel
College of Engineering
 
"Upon entering my junior year at the University of Florida, I became exposed to the core curriculum of Materials Science: courses that included organic and inorganic materials, thermodynamics/kinetics, and design. In my inorganic materials class, the topic of metals especially piqued my interest. Having already worked with tissue engineering projects, I felt acclimated to research and the scientific method. Intrigued by this new topic, I reviewed the professors in my department and their work before approaching Dr. Michele Manuel, who paired me with my current graduate advisor. It was in this research capacity that I discovered my passion for metals and metallurgical science. I then channeled this passion and experience while preparing my abstract for the University Scholars Program."

Major

Materials Science and Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Tissue engineering

Academic Awards

  • College of Engineering Dean's List, Fall 2012--Spring 2014

Organizations

  • Engineering Freshman Transition Program (eFTP) mentor and teaching assistant
  • Materials Advantage

Volunteer

  • Mentoring Elementary Students in an After School Program
  • Managing a Weekly Outreach Science Program at P.K.Y.
  • Shands

Hobbies and Interests

  • Scuba diving
  • Hiking
  • Vintage audio equipment repair

Research Description

“Characterization of degradation and mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys for orthopedic implant applications.”

My research involves the design, fabrication, and testing of degradable magnesium alloys for biomedical implants. Specifically, I am interested in perfecting the microstructure of a particular alloy containing magnesium, calcium and strontium by controlling recrystallization, which in turn controls the degradation properties of the metal, an essential part of its intended application. I then plan to fabricate this metal into an implantable screw using custom design specifications, followed by controlled testing of the mechanical properties of the screw by simulating clinical conditions. Ultimately, my goal is to create a biodegradable magnesium alloy with favorable degradation properties and to fabricate a potential design for an orthopedic implant screw intended to replace current commercially available screws that break too easily, degrade too slowly, interfere with medical imaging, or require removal through future surgeries that cause significant patient discomfort.