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Title: Direct contact measurement of the dielectric properties of glass ionomer cements for MEMs design
Author: Boissonade, Jonathan James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 5904
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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This investigation was aimed at measuring the changes in dielectric properties of glass ionomer cements during their setting reaction in order to observe if there is a correlation between these properties and the cement curing. Commercial glass ionomer cements were prepared and their setting process was monitored over a 24 hour period using FT-IR and direct contact impedance measurement. An impedance bridge with a dielectric test assembly, based on previous work by Braden et al, was used to measure the dielectric properties of a number of different glass ionomer cements using a simple design. Using the dielectric properties of the glass ionomer cements, it could be possible to develop a micro-electro-mechanical sensor (MEMS) based on this design, which could be implanted into a dental restoration and interrogated remotely. During the curing of the cements examined, the dielectric data collected from the co-planar assembly showed a change in impedance over the course of the setting of the cement, which when compared to FT-IR spectra over the same period, showed a correlation between the dielectric properties and the chemical changes within the cement.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QD Chemistry ; RK Dentistry