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Dr. rer. nat. Elke Vorndran


Main Research

3D powder printing of ceramic materials (calcium- and magnesium phosphate cement systems)

• Rapid Prototyping of nanocrystalline calcium- and magnesium phosphates for the use as degradable and individual scaffolds for tissue engineering or bone regeneration implants
• Drug modification of ceramic implants or injectable cement pastes and analysis of the release kinetics
• Fiber modification of calcium- and magnesium phosphate cements for the anisotropic enhancement of mechanical properties by 3D powder printing
• Rapid-Prototyping of calcium based filter systems for the adsorption of metal ions
• Characterization and optimization of bone cements concerning their chemical, mechanical and biological behaviour and workability

Scientific career

• since 08/2016: Postdoctoral grant within the program "Bavarian Gender Equality“ / scientific assistant at the department for functional materials in medicine and dentistry
• 04/2013 -07/2016: scientific assistant at the department for functional materials in medicine and dentistry
• 04/2012-03/2013: Postdoctoral grant within the program "Bavarian Gender Equality“ / scientific assistant at the department for functional materials in medicine and dentistry
• 2007-2012 scientific assistant at the Department for Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry
• 2007-2011: PhD student (physics) at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg
• 2000-2006: Studies for nanostructure technique at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg


• DGBM award for an excellent dissertation in medicine or natural sciences 2012
• Zonta award 2012 for a highly qualified young female researcher


28. E. Vorndran, P. Lindberg. In situ-immobilization of two model cyanobacterial strains in ceramic structures: a new biohybrid material for photobioreactor applications. Journal of Biotechnology 2016; published online

27. K. Zorn, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck, F.A. Müller. Reinforcement of a magnesium-ammonium-phosphate cement with calcium phosphate whiskers. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2015, published online

26. E. Vorndran, C. Moseke, U. Gbureck. 3D printing of ceramic implants. MRS Bulletin 2015; 40(2): 127-136

25. M. Castilho, J. Rodrigues, I. Pires, B. Gouveia, M. Pereira, C. Moseke, J. Groll, A. Ewald, E. Vorndran. Fabrication of individual alginate-TCP scaffolds for bone tissue engineering by means of powder printing. Biofabrication 2015; 7, published online

24. S. Christ, M. Schnabel, E. Vorndran, J. Groll, U. Gbureck. Fiber reinforcement during 3D printing. Materials Letters 2015; 139: 165-168

23. M. Castilho, M. Dias, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck, P. Fernandes, I. Pires, B. Gouveia, H. Armés, E. Pires, J. Rodrigues. Application of a 3D printed customized implant for canine cruciate ligament treatment by tibial tuberosity advancement Biofabrication 2014; published online.

22. M. Castilho, C. Moseke, A. Ewald, U. Gbureck, J. Groll, I. Pires, J. Tessmar, E. Vorndran. Direct 3D powder printing of biphasic calcium phosphate scaffolds for substitution of complex bone defects. Biofabrication 2014; 6(1), published online

21. E. Vorndran, M. Geffers, A. Ewald, M. Lemm, B. Nies, U. Gbureck. Ready-to-use injectable calcium phosphate bone cement paste as drug carrier. Acta Biomaterialia 2013; published online.

20. M. Castilho, M. Dias, U. Gbureck, J. Groll, P. Fernandes, I. Pires, B. Gouveia, J. Rodrigues, E. Vorndran. Fabrication of computationally designed scaffolds by low temperature 3D printing. Biofabrication 2013; published online.

19. N. Mehrban, J. Bowen, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck, L.M. Grover. Structural changes to resorbable calcium phosphate bioceramic aged in vitro. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 2013; 111: 469-478.

18. T. Christel, M. Kuhlmann, E. Vorndran, J. Groll, U. Gbureck. Dual setting α-tricalcium phosphate cements. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 2013; 24(3): 573-581

17. K. Zorn, D. Mitró, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck, F.A. Müller. Hydrothermal synthesis of calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite whiskers and their thermal transformation to polycrystalline ß-tricalcium phosphate short fibers. Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials 2013; 2(1): 11-19

16. C. Moseke, C. Bayer, E. Vorndran, J.E. Barralet, J. Groll, U. Gbureck. Low temperature fabrication of spherical brushite granules by cement paste emulsion. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 2012; 23(11): 2631-2637

15. A. Ewald, C. Kaeppel, E. Vorndran, C. Moseke, M. Gelinsky, U. Gbureck. The effect of Cu(II)-loaded brushite scaffolds on growth and activity of osteoblastic cells. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 2012; 100: 2392–2400

14. C. Moseke, F. Hage, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck. TiO2 nanotube arrays deposited on Ti substrate by anodic oxidation and their potential as a long-term drug delivery system for antimicrobial agents, Applied Surface Science 2012; 258(14): 5399-5404.

13. J.Y.S. Yoon, H. Deyhle, U. Gbureck, E. Vorndran, F. Beckmann, B. Mueller. Three-dimensional morphology and mechanics of bone scaffolds fabricated by rapid prototyping, International Journal of Materials Research 2012; 103(2): 200-206.

12. E. Vorndran, N. Spohn, B. Nies, S. Rössler, S. Storch, U. Gbureck: Mechanical properties and drug release behaviour of bioactivated PMMA-cements, Journal of Biomaterials Applications 2012; 26(5): 581-594.

11. J. Schnieders, U. Gbureck, E. Vorndran, M. Schossig, T. Kissel. The effect of porosity on drug release kinetics from vancomycin microsphere/calcium phosphate cement composites, JBMR B 2011; 99B(2): 391-398.

10. N. Mehrban, J. Z. Paxton, J. Bowen, A. Bolarinwa, E. Vorndran, U. Gbureck, L. M. Grover. Comparing physicochemical properties of printed and hand cast biocements designed for ligament replacement, Advances in Applied Ceramics 2011, 110: 162-167.

9. E. Vorndran, K. Wunder, C. Moseke, I. Biermann, F. A. Müller, K. Zorn, U. Gbureck: Hydraulic setting Mg3(PO4)2 powders for 3D printing technology, Adv Appl Ceram 2011; 110: 476-481.

8. E. Vorndran, A. Ewald, F.A. Müller, K. Zorn, A. Kufner, U. Gbureck. Formation and properties of magnesium-ammonium-phosphate hexahydrate biocements in the Ca-Mg-PO(4) system. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 22(3), 429-436 (2011)

7. U. Klammert, U. Gbureck, E. Vorndran, J. Rödiger, P. Meyer-Marcotty, A.C. Kübler: 3D powder printed calcium phosphate implants for reconstruction of cranial and maxillofacial defects, J Craniomaxillofac Surg 2010, 38: 565-570.

6. U. Klammert, E. Vorndran, T. Reuther, F.A. Müller, K. Zorn, U. Gbureck: Low temperature fabrication of magnesium phosphate cement scaffolds by 3D powder printing, J Mater Sci: Mater Med 2010, 21: 2947-2953.

5. Vorndran E; Klammert, U; Ewald A, Barralet JE, Gbureck U. Simultaneous Immobilization of Bioactives During 3D Powder Printing of Bioceramic Drug-Release Matrices. Adv. Funct. Mat. 20(10):1585-1591 (2010).

4. J.E. Barralet, U. Gbureck, P. Habibovic, E. Vorndran, C. Gerard, C.J Doillon: Angiogenesis in calcium phosphate scaffolds by inorganic copper release, Tissue Engineering 2009; 15: 1601-1609.

3. U. Gbureck, E. Vorndran, J.E. Barralet: Modeling vancomycin release kinetics from porous calcium phosphate ceramics comparing static and dynamic immersion conditions, Acta Biomaterialia 2008; 4: 1480-1486.

2. E. Vorndran, M. Klarner, U. Klammert, L.M. Grover, S. Patel, J.E. Barralet, U. Gbureck: 3D Powder Printing of β-Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramics using different Strategies, Advanced Biomaterials 2008; 10: B67-B71.

1. U. Gbureck, E. Vorndran, F.A. Müller, J.E. Barralet: Low temperature direct 3D printed bioceramics and biocomposites as drug release matrices, J Controlled Release 2007; 122: 173-180.


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