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Jack L Ferracane Ph.D.

  • (503) 494-4327

    Portland Campus

    • Professor of Restorative Dentistry School of Dentistry

Jack Ferracane is Professor and Chair of Restorative Dentistry, and Division Director of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Ferracane earned his Ph.D. in Biological Materials from Northwestern University.  He is a founding fellow and past-President of the Academy of Dental Materials.  He is a past-President of the American Association for Dental Research.  He is the recipient of the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the IADR, the Founders Award from the Academy of Dental Materials, and the Hollenback Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and the Oregon Dental Association. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks on dental materials and operative dentistry, and has published extensively on biomaterials. His research is funded by the NIH/NIDCR as well as private industry.  He also is actively involved in the establishment and operation of networks designed to conduct dental clinical research in the private practice setting. 

Areas of interest

  • dental composites, dental resins, practice-based research, oral biofilms, tissue regeneration, "bioactive materials"


  • B.S., University of Illinois Illinois 1978
  • M.S., Northwestern University Illinois 1981
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University Illinois 1983
  • Residency:

    • Spent one year sabbatical in the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Birmingham, UK (2009-2010)

Honors and awards

  • Elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Honorary Dental Society
  • Honorary Member, Delta Chapter at OHSU
  • OHSU Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Leadership, June, 2001
  • Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research, 2006
  • Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, UK, 2006
  • Honorary Member, Oregon Dental Association, November, 2011
  • Founders Award, Academy of Dental Materials, October, 2012
  • OHSU Faculty Senate Research Award, June, 2013
  • Honorary Member, American College of Dentists, October, 2013
  • Vice-President of the American Association for Dental Research, 2013 (Assumed presidency March 2016)
  • Hollenback Memorial Prize from the Academy of Operative Dentistry, 2016
  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, 2016

Memberships and associations

  • American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Member (1979 - present)
  • Academy of Dental Materials Fellow (1983 - present)
  • IADR Dental Materials Group Chapter - America (Member 1979 - present)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Member (2005-current)
  • International Association for Dental Research Member (1979 - present)


Selected publications

  • 1. Hyun HK, Salehi S, Gwinner F, Ferracane JL. Biofilm formation affects surface properties of novel bioactive glass-containing composites. Dent Mater. 31(12):1599-608, 2015. PMID: 26590029

  • 2. Ferracane JL, Hilton TJ. Polymerization stress - Is it clinically meaningful? Dent Mater. 32(1):1-10, 2016. PMID: 26220776

  • 3. Khvostenko D, Hilton TJ, Ferracane JL, Mitchell JC, Kruzic JJ. Bioactive glass fillers reduce bacterial penetration into marginal gaps for composite res orations. Dent Mater. 32(1):73-8, 2016. PMID: 26621028


  • "Mercury vaporization from amalgams with varied alloy compositions." Journal of Dental Research July 1995
  • "Comparison of various resin composite shades and layering technique with a shade guide" Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry April 2010
  • "The effect of different polishing systems on surface roughness and gloss of various resin composites" Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry August 2007
  • "Effect of free mercury on the strengths of dental amalgams" Dental Materials  1985
  • "Can interaction of materials with the dentin-pulp complex contribute to dentin regeneration?" Odontology / the Society of the Nippon Dental University February 2010
  • "Filler features and their effects on wear and degree of conversion of particulate dental resin composites" Biomaterials August 2005
  • "Alternatives in polymerization contraction stress management" Critical Reviews in Oral Biology and Medicine  2004
  • "Effects of resin formulation and nanofiller surface treatment on the properties of experimental hybrid resin composite" Biomaterials August 2004
  • "Comparison of efficacy of an in-office whitening system used with and without a whitening priming agent" Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry April 2011
  • "Properties of packable dental composites" Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry  2000
  • "Evaluation of subsurface defects created during the finishing of composites." Journal of Dental Research September 1992
  • "Flexural fatigue strength of CAD/CAM composite material and dual-cured resin luting cements" American Journal of Dentistry June 2003
  • "Introduction to and outcomes of the conference on adhesion in dentistry" Dental Materials February 2010
  • "Thio-urethanes improve properties of dual-cured composite cements" Journal of Dental Research December 25 2014
  • "Calculation of contraction stresses in dental composites by analysis of crack propagation in the matrix surrounding a cavity" Dental Materials April 2009
  • "In vitro wear of packable dental composites."   1999
  • "Softening of composite resin by moisture and cements." Quintessence international (Berlin, Germany : 1985) September 1988
  • "Mercury Evaporation from Amalgams with Varied Mercury Contents" Dental Materials Journal September 2000
  • "In vitro aging of dental composites in water - Effect of degree of conversion, filler volume, and filler/matrix coupling" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials December 5 1998
  • "Cavity preparation factors and microleakage of Class II composite restorations filled at intraoral temperatures" American Journal of Dentistry June 1999
  • "Biomimetic dentin desensitizer based on nano-structured bioactive glass" Dental Materials April 2011
  • "Effect of shrinkage strain, modulus, and instrument compliance on polymerization shrinkage stress of light-cured composites during the initial curing stage" Dental Materials October 2010
  • "Association between caries location and restorative material treatment provided" Journal of Dentistry April 2011
  • "Reduced mercury vapor release from dental amalgams prepared with binary Hg-in liquid alloys." Journal of Dental Research November 1994
  • "Porcelain surface alterations and refinishing after use of two orthodontic bonding methods" Angle Orthodontist January 2010
  • "Effect of irradiance and light source on contraction stress, degree of conversion and push-out bond strength of composite restoratives" American Journal of Dentistry June 2009
  • "Factors effecting dental composite wear in vitro" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials December 1997
  • "Time-dependent deformation of composite resins. Compositional considerations" Journal of Dental Research  1985
  • "Laboratory evaluation of adhesively crimped surgical ball hooks." The International journal of adult orthodontics and orthognathic surgery  1998
  • "Comparison of Push-out Bond Strengths of Resilon with Three Different Sealers" Journal of Endodontics February 2010

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