prof.dr. D.W. Grijpma (Dirk)

Full Professor

About Me

Dirk Grijpma's research interests are: resorbable polymers and composites for medical applications, structure-properties relationships in polymers, tissue engineering, drug delivery, ring-opening polymerization, photo-polymerization, combinatorial chemistry, hybrid networks, 3D printing and stereolithography.

Current research includes the development of advanced microstructures by additive manufacturing (3D printing and stereolithography), the synthesis of novel polymeric materials for use in these additive manufacturing technologies and research programs on composite membranes for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.

His research is characterized by a very high applicability of the developed polymeric biomaterials and implants in the clinic. Much of this work is done in cooperation with clinicians, and in collaboration with industry. Valorization occurs by actively patenting relevant research findings and investigating possibilities for the creation of spin-off companies.


Engineering & Materials Science
Tissue Engineering
Medicine & Life Sciences
Polytrimethylene Carbonate
Tissue Engineering

Ancillary Activities

  • Ardent Venture


Gareb, B., van Bakelen, N. B., Driessen, L., Buma, P., Kuipers, J. , Grijpma, D. W., Vissink, A., Bos, R. R. M., & van Minnen, B. (2022). Biocompatibility and degradation comparisons of four biodegradable copolymeric osteosynthesis systems used in maxillofacial surgery: A goat model with four years follow-up. Bioactive Materials, 17, 439-456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioactmat.2022.01.015
van Bochove, B. , Grijpma, D. W., Lendlein, A., & Seppälä, J. V. (2021). Designing advanced functional polymers for medicine. European polymer journal, 155, [110573]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2021.110573
Blanquer, S. B. G. , & Grijpma, D. W. (2021). Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces (TPMS) for the Generation of Porous Architectures Using Stereolithography. In Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering (pp. 19-30). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 2147). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-0611-7_2
Long, R. G., Ferguson, S. J., Benneker, L. M., Sakai, D., Li, Z., Pandit, A. , Grijpma, D. W. , Eglin, D., Zeiter, S., Schmid, T., Eberli, U., Nehrbass, D., von Treuheim, T. D. P., Alini, M., Iatridis, J. C., & Grad, S. (2020). Morphological and biomechanical effects of annulus fibrosus injury and repair in an ovine cervical model. JOR Spine, 3(1), [e1074]. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsp2.1074
Guillaume, O. , Geven, M. A., Varjas, V., Varga, P., Gehweiler, D., Stadelmann, V. A., Smidt, T., Zeiter, S., Sprecher, C., Bos, R. R. M. , Grijpma, D. W., Alini, M. , Yuan, H., Richards, G. R., Tang, T., Qin, L., Yuxiao, L., Jiang, P. , & Eglin, D. (2020). Orbital floor repair using patient specific osteoinductive implant made by stereolithography. Biomaterials, 233, [119721]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119721
Petta, D., D'Amora, U., Ambrosio, L. , Grijpma, D. W. , Eglin, D., & D'Este, M. (2020). Hyaluronic acid as a bioink for extrusion-based 3D printing. Biofabrication, 12(3), [032001]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/ab8752
Rotman, S. G., Sumrall, E., Ziadlou, R. , Grijpma, D. W., Richards, R. G. , Eglin, D., & Moriarty, T. F. (2020). Local Bacteriophage Delivery for Treatment and Prevention of Bacterial Infections. Frontiers in microbiology, 11, [538060]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.538060
Rotman, S. G., Thompson, K. , Grijpma, D. W., Richards, R. G., Moriarty, T. F. , Eglin, D., & Guillaume, O. (2020). Development of bone seeker–functionalised microspheres as a targeted local antibiotic delivery system for bone infections. Journal of orthopaedic translation, 21, 136-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jot.2019.07.006

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7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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