Dr. Xiaohui Chen (Helen) is a Lecturer in Biomaterials Science at the Division of Dentistry, School of Medical Sciences. She is a member of the executive board of Manchester Biomaterials.
She sits on the Division Health and Safety Committee and works as the Divisional Safety Officer and Deputy H&S Lead for Division of Dentistry. She is a trained First Aider and a member of the Divisional Human Tissue Act Committee.
Helen obtained her BEng (Hons) in Metallurgy at Northeastern University of China in 2004, a MEng (Hons) in Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London in 2005 and a PhD in Dental Materials at Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009. She joined Dentistry here in Manchester as a lecturer in January 2014.
Helen has a wide-ranging research activity in biomaterials for dentistry, with a focous on glass-ceramics synthesis and characterisation, dental resin composite design, dental erosion, enamel/dentine demineralisation and remineralisation and bioactive glasses for oral health. Helen's research has not only led to journal publications, but also led to patents and products. The novel strong leucite glass-ceramics with controlled microstructure has led to 2 US patents and the commercialisation of ‘Lumineers 2’ that uses a 100% pain-free minimally invasive approach, saving as much as 20% enamel reduction per patient, as tooth preparation and anaesthesia are not required. It is used and sold in 46 countries and won industry awards for clinical and cosmetic excellence from the Clinical Research Associates and Dental Advisor.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Member of the Academy of Dental Materials, International Association for Dental Research and British Society for Oral and Dental Research,
Member of the Fracto Forum International,
Member of the Executive Board of Manchester Biomaterials,
Member of the Health and Safety Committee and Human Tissue Act Committee, Division of Dentistry, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Manchester.