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Jef van der Zel, PhD, MSc started in dental material research in 1977. Research areas: metal-ceramics, press- and sinter-ceramics, CAD/CAM. He is best known for the development of Carrara/Golden Gate metal/ceramic system (over 100 million units worldwide). In 1989 promotion at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), on metal-ceramic systems. Invented the first laser section scanner for the dental lab in 1990. First CAD/CAM software for crowns and bridges in 1995. Virtual articulation software in 2000. Implant planning software 2002. Developed a non-chipping porcelain for zirconia in 1999. From 2004-2014 he was extraordinary professor Computerized Dentistry at the University of Amsterdam. Research directed towards “life-like crowns by CAD/CAM” on the basis of zirconia (Primero). In 2013 a controlled clinical study of Primero crowns and bridges was started and the results after one and six years could be reported as clinically excellent. Jef is knight in the order of the Dutch Lion.
Prosthodontics, dental materials, computerized dentistry