Penn Dental Medicine

Departments & Faculty

Francis K. Mante, BDS, MS, PhD, DMD, MA (Hon)

Associate Professor
Division of Restorative Dentistry
Director of Biomaterials


  • BDS, Dentistry, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, 1974-79
  • MS, Dental Materials, Marquette University, 1984-88
  • PhD, Biological Materials, Northwestern University, 1987-91
  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993-95
  • MA (Honoris Causa), University of Pennsylvania, 1999


  • Walter Joyce Fellow, Marquette University, 1984-87
  • University Fellow, Northwestern University, 1988-90
  • Fellow, American Society of Osseointegration, Philadelphia, PA, 1992
  • Faculty Fellow, Dubois College House, University of Pennsylvania, 1992-94
  • Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award, Student Clinicians-American Dental Association, 2005-2006

Research Interests

Dr. Mante’s current research effort involves development of a new resin based endodontic retrograde filling material, strategies for reducing friction in orthodontic appliances and the development of superior appliances that facilitate the movement of teeth during treatment. Additionally, he also researches improvement of fracture toughness of dental composites and is investigating the use of liquid rubbers as toughening agents for dental composites.

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