Towards development of new antibacterial strategy for dentistry

The ARGO project will be dedicated to exploring innovative activities with focus on strong international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral cooperation in the fields of chemistry, biomaterials, nanotechnology, microbiology, cell biology, and dentistry. The ARGO network will involve academic and industrial partners from EU MS and associated countries with the aim to open potential for innovative solutions in nanomaterials and clinical dentistry.

The primary research goal of the project is to facilitate R&I activities with complementary competences of participant organisations for development of new antibacterial materials for dentistry, in particular – a new antibacterial root-filling material.

The project will be implemented through the tight cooperation between partner organisations to create synergies for development and testing of innovative biomaterials for dentistry. The innovative technologies will be used to produce a root-filling material with nanoparticles with tailored biological and antibacterial properties. Evaluation of a new biomaterials with silver nanoparticles in vitro will be carried out on a specially designed tooth model. Biocompatibility and in-vivo assessment will be used to prove antibacterial effect of the new biomaterial on a relevant animal model.

Interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral secondment will be the main tool for project realisation with the aim of strengthening research, training, communication and networking capacities of participant organisations and knowledge transfer from academia to industry and vice versa. Proposed research and training goals will lead to increased research, transferable skills and competences of early stage researcher with the aim to improve employability and career perspectives in both academic and industrial sectors. Public dissemination of new research results will increase the awareness in the general society of the role of research and researchers in the development of the EU as a leading destination for R&I.