Division of Biomaterials
Department of Restorative Sciences
Member: Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics
Chemistry, BSC (with honours), Queen's University, Faculty of Science (Belfast), 1962
MSc, University of Manchester, Faculty of Science, 1963
Ph.D., University of Manchester, Faculty of Science, 1968
Doctor of Science (DSc), Queen's University (Belfast), 1979
16-212 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Rheological properties of biomaterials, including impression materials, bleaching gels, etchant gels and flowable composites
Adhesion and adhesive materials
Surface free energy of biomaterials and biological materials
Development of dental gypsum products
B W Bertenshaw, E C Combe, D C Tidy & J N C Laycock. U.S.A. Patent 4,174,334 (1979)
E C Combe, B C Cohen & A D Wilson. U.S.A. Patent 5,141,560 (1992)
E C Combe & E S Reeh. U.S.A Patent 6,028,125 (2000)
E C Combe & E S Reeh. U.S.A Patent 6,197,846 (2001)
J H Warford III, E C Combe & J H Warford II. U.S.A Patent 6,342,203 (2002)
E C Combe, J H Warford III & J H Warford II. U.S.A Patent 6,342,204 (2002)
E C Combe, J H Warford III & J H Warford II. U.S.A Patent 6,419,904 (2002)
J H Warford III, E C Combe & J H Warford II. U.S.A Patent 6,451,292 (2002)
Instructor of the Year award - University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2003
Century Club Professor of the Year - University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 2002
Elected to Honorary Membership of Omicron Kappa Upsilon by the Beta Beta Chapter 2004
E C Combe. Notes on Dental Materials, published by Churchill Livingstone (Edinburgh). Six English editions. Translations in Japanese, German, Malaysian, Spanish, Indonesian and Polish
E C Combe, F J T Burke & W H Douglas. Dental Biomaterials, Published in 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers (Boston)
Recent papers in peer-reviewed journals:
T. Wille, E C Combe, I J Pesun & D W Giles. Rheological characteristics of tooth bleaching materials. JOURNAL OF ORAL REHABILITATION 27: 1060-1063, 2000.
R S Kess, E C Combe & B S Sparks. Factors influencing the wettability of vinyl polysiloxane impression materials. JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY 84: 98--102, 2000
F J T Burke, A-M S Shaglouf, E C Combe & N H F Wilson. Fracture resistance of five pin-retained core build-up materials on teeth with and without extracoronal preparation. OPERATIVE DENTISTRY 25: 388-194, 2000.
F J T Burke, E C Combe & W H Douglas. The current status of dentine bonding systems: 1. Mode of action. DENTAL UPDATE, 27: 85-93, 2000.
F J T Burke, E C Combe & W H Douglas. The current status of dentine bonding systems: 2. Clinical Uses. DENTAL UPDATE, 27: 124-130, 2000.
E C Combe & F J T Burke. Contemporary resin-based composite materials for direct placement restorations: packables, flowables and others. DENTAL UPDATE 27: 326-332, 334-336, 2000
J E Martinez, E C Combe & I J Pesun. Rheological properties of vinyl polysiloxane impression pastes. DENTAL MATERIALS 17: 471-476, 2001.
E J Swift, J Perdigao, E C Combe, C H Simpson & M F Nunes. Effects of restorative and adhesive curing methods on dentin bond strengths. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY 14: 137-149, 2001.
E C Combe, B D Cohen & K Cummings. Alpha- and beta-forms of gutta-percha in products for root canal filling. INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL, 34: 447-451, 2001.
R K Grandhi, E C Combe & T M Speidel. Shear bond strength of stainless steel orthodontic brackets with a moisture- insensitive primer. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS 119: 251-255, 2001.
K M Abdelaziz, E C Combe, & J S Hodges. The effect of disinfectants on the properties of dental gypsum. 1. Mechanical properties. JOURNAL OF PROSTHODONTICS, 11: 161-167, 2002.
R W Arnold, E C Combe & J H Warford III, Bonding of stainless steel brackets to enamel with a new self-etching primer. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS 122: 274-276, 2002.
E S Reeh & E C Combe. New core and sealer materials for root canal obturation and retrofilling. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS 28: 520-523, 2002.
F J T Burke, A C C Shortall, E C Combe & T C Aitchison. Assessing restorative dental materials. 1. Test methods and assessment of results. DENTAL UPDATE 29: 188-194, 2002.
F J T Burke, A C C Shortall, E C Combe & T C Aitchison.Assessing restorative dental materials. 2. Questions for a dental sales representative DENTAL UPDATE 29: 244-248, 2002.
A J Wahl, E C Combe, Polack M A & L V Martens. Effect of water quality on the bonding of resin to moist dentin. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY 15: 114-116, 2002.
K M Abdelaziz, E C Combe, & J S Hodges. The effect of disinfectants on the properties of dental gypsum. 2. Surface properties. JOURNAL OF PROSTHODONTICS, 11: 234-240, 2002.
J O Twomey, K M Abdelaziz, E C Combe & D L Anderson, Calcium hypochlorite as a disinfecting additive for dental stone. JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY, 90: 282-288, 2003.
M R Kauppi & E C Combe. Polymerization of orthodontic adhesives using modern high-intensity visible curing lights. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ORTHODONTICS AND DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS, 124: 316-322, 2003.
T Wille, I J Pesun , E C Combe, G C Lindquist G C & J S Hodges. A clinical pilot study of the time-dependent composition of tooth bleaching systems. JOURNAL OF ORAL REHABILITATION , 30: 510-514, 2003.
K M Abdelaziz, A Attia, & E C Combe. Evaluation of disinfected casts poured in gypsum with gum arabic and calcium hydroxide additives. JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY , 92: 27-34, 2004.
D J Schneider, E C Combe & L V Martens. The effect of washing water on bonding to etched enamel. JOURNAL OF ORAL REHABILITATION, 31: 85-89, 2004.
E C Combe, B A Owen & J S Hodges. A protocol for determining the surface free energy of dental materials. DENTAL MATERIALS, 20: 262-268, 2004.
R G Castellon, E C Combe & I J Pesun. The effect of artificial saliva on the rheological properties of tooth whitening systems. JOURNAL OF ORAL REHABILITATION, 31: 1149-1154, 2004.
S D Knorr, E C Combe, L F Wolff & J S Hodges. The surface free energy of dental gold-based materials. DENTAL MATERIALS, 21 272-277, 2005.