Rana Sodhi and researchers at the Faculty of Dentistry win Journal of Endodontics Award for technology research

The Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) located in OCCAM. The TOF-SIMS enables researchers to analyze the composition of solid surfaces. (Photo: Rana Sodhi)

Rana Sodhi (OCCAM, ChemE) and researchers in the Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Anil Kishen and Anam Hashmi, received the 2019 Journal of Endodontics (JOE) Award in the category of Basic Research: Technology for their study Interfacial Characterization of Dentin Conditioned with Chitosan Hydroxyapatite Precursor Nanocomplexes Using Time-of-flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

The purpose of the study was to chemically characterize a tricalcium silicate sealer-dentin interface after prior dentin conditioning with a chitosan-hydroxyapatite precursor (C-HA) nanocomplexes using the imaging capabilities of Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS). Such conditioning with C-HA nanocomplexes may find potential application in enhancing the chemical interaction of sealer-dentin interfaces and improved dentin mechanical integrity in root-filled teeth.

JOE Awards recognize research papers published in the JOE that have made significant advances and innovative thought in endodontics as well as an impact in dental research more broadly.