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Professor Anthony Unsworth, BSc MSc PhD DEng FREng CEng FIMechE

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42521
Room number: Room number: E498 (Christopherson Building)

(email at tony.unsworth@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Professor of Engineering (since 1989), Director of Research for the Faculty of Science (2006-2010). President of the Engineering Professors' Council (2005-2007). Head of School of Engineering and Applied Science (April 1990-August 1994), Deputy Dean of Science(1994-1997), Dean of Science (1997-2000, Head of School of Engineering (2000-2006)
Vice-President Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2008-2011),Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering (2007-2010).

Visiting Professor, University of Northumbria

Research mainly in Bio-tribology studying the functioning of natural and artificial joints as well as designing new generations of joints to give a longer functional life in the body.

Editor in Chief, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H - Journal of Engineering in Medicine.

Served on the RAE2001 Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering Panel and on the RAE2008 Panel. Also a member of the EPSRC biomedical engineering College.

Awarded the Tribology Silver Medal(1972), a Tribology Group- Donald Julian Groen Prize (1991) and the James Clayton Prize (1999), all from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the James Alfred Ewing Medal(2005) from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Appointed the Brunel Lecturer (1975), British Association for the Advancement of Science, Woolmer Lecturer (2002)Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Smith and Nephew Lecturer for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2004).

Published over 300 research papers and presented about 100 papers at international venues to Learned Societies.
Former Director of ACTION medical research charity (1992-95), Non-Executive Director of South Durham Health Authority (1993-1996)Chair of South Durham NHS Research Ethics Committee (1993-1996)

Research Interests

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Tribology

Selected Publications

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Conference Paper

  • Unsworth A (2011), In pursuit of fluid-film lubrication, ISTA 24th Annual Congress. Bruges, Belgium, ISTA, Bruges.
  • Giddings D, Wu J J, Khan I & Unsworth A (2009), Biotribological and structural characteristics of 28 mm diameter ZTA-ZTA hip joints under standard and aggressive wear conditions using a ProSim hip simulator, Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA Annual Congress ISTA. Hawaii, Hawaii HI.
  • Williams S R, Wu J J, Unsworth A & Khan I (2009), Biotribological and structural characteristics of 38 mm ZTA ceramic versus as-cast CoCrMo hip bearings, Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA Hawaii, Hawaii HI.
  • Weisenburger J N, Naylor M G Schroeder D W, White BF, Unsworth A, Garvin K L & Haider H (2009), Correlation of friction measurements with wear characteristics during multi-station hip simulator wear tests, Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Congress ISTA 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA. Hawaii, Hawaii HI.
  • Kinbrum A & Unsworth A (2009), Particle debris analysis and biological response of Motis acetabular cup wear debris over a 25 million cycle simulator test, Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA. Hawaii, Hawaii HI.
  • Williams S R, Wu J J , Khan I & Unsworth A (2009), The effect of third body alumina particles on the wear and surface topography of 38 mm ceramic on as-cast CoCrMo total hip replacements, ABSTRACTS of the International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty 22 nd Annual Meeting: 22nd Annual Congress of ISTA. Hawaii, Hawaii HI.

Conference Proceeding

  • Lee SM , Short TD & Unsworth A (2005). Automatic catheter valve system for long term catheterisation patients to inprove quality of life. Urology, London, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Joyce TJ, Riddell D & Unsworth A (2005). Biomaterial wear screening tests for an all polymer knee. 30th Annual Conference oof the Society for Biomaterials, Memphis USA, Society of Biomaterials.
  • Scholes S C, Unsworth A & Jones E (2005). Long term wear behaviour of a flexible, anatomically loaded hip cup design. International Conference on Bio Medical Engineering, Singapore.

Journal Article

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Media Contacts

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  • Medical and health research topics: development of artificial human joints (hips, knees, fingers)
  • Medical and health research topics: lubrication, wear of joints
  • Engineering: Other contexts: bio-engineering
  • Engineering: Other contexts: artificial human joints