Val Franklin
Postal address:
The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering
Aston University
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

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I joined the Biomaterials Research Unit at Aston University having completed from first degree in Biological Sciences to study for a PhD.  

On completion of my PhD I was employed as a Research Fellow within the Biomaterials Research Unit.

I have been involved in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (formerly Teaching Company Schemes) since 1996 providing academic, administration and co ordination support.  

Research interests

Interaction of biomedical polymers with living biological systems in particular the biochemical analysis of spoilation processes including contact lenses, intra ocular lenses and the development of biomimetic polymers for prosthetic applications e.g. keratoprosthesis and spinal disc, analysis of biological interaction between prosthetic materials and their host environment in particular ophthalmic materials and tear fluid, spoilation and cleaning effects.  

Teaching Activity

I taught Chemistry of Living Systems to undergraduates and currently involved in running MSc Practicals in Biomaterials.  I am involved in assisting with supervision of students within the Biomaterials Research Unit labs. 


  • BSc with Upper Second Class Honours in Biological Sciences, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1986.
  • PhD in Lipoidal Species in Ocular Spoilation Processes, Aston University, 1990 


1989 – date: Research Fellow, Biomaterials Research Unit, Aston Universit

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol CBiol)
Member the British Contact Lens Association
Member of the Biochemical Society 


  • LPS for CEAC
  • Member of the Radiological Safety Sub-Committee (RSS-C)
  • Member of the Biological Safety Sub-Committee (BSS-C)


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