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Biomaterials

Achieving full density—a look at factors hindering densification of bioglass scaffolds

By Jonathon Foreman / September 17, 2019

Most bioglasses, especially the popular 45S5, form weak scaffolds prone to cracking because they do not sinter to full density. Researchers looked to understand the factors hindering densification.

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No bones about it—clay-enhanced hydrogel shows promise for treating bone defects

By Lisa McDonald / September 13, 2019

For hydrogels to promote tissue formation, they must be suitably porous to allow transplanted cells to move around. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, created clay-enhanced hydrogels to increase pore size.

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Nanoscale bottles protect fatty acid payloads

By Lisa McDonald / August 23, 2019

Fatty acids, although biodegradable and biocompatible, experience poor dispersibility and stability under physiological conditions, hindering their application as drug-carrying materials. Researchers at Georgia Tech and Shandong University created silica-based nanocapsules that safely carry drug-containing fatty acids to a targeted destination.

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Combined GFMAT/Bio meeting sees successful turnout in Toronto

By Lisa McDonald / July 26, 2019

More than 360 people from 31 countries traveled to Toronto to attend GFMAT-2 and Bio-4 on July 21–26. This year marks the first time the two conferences were held jointly.

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Additive manufacturing offers fast and simple way to fabricate bioactive glass-ceramics

By Jonathon Foreman / May 17, 2019

An international team of researchers found they could use 3D printing to create Biosilicate® glass-ceramic scaffolds. This method offers low-cost fabrication of bioactive glass-ceramics for biomedical applications.

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Video: Create nacre in the lab—and maybe on the moon!

By Lisa McDonald / May 8, 2019

An international team of researchers developed a cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for creating nacre, which could be used in a wide range of applications, from biomedical implants to moon habitats.

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Ceramic-based biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, plus more inside May 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 18, 2019

The May 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on how ceramics contribute to the modern field of biomaterials—is now available online.

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Improving point-of-care diagnostics for low-resource settings: Cerium oxide enables first rapid detector of dopamine

By Lisa McDonald / March 29, 2019

Researchers at the University of Central Florida used cerium oxide nanoparticles to create the first-ever rapid detector of dopamine. Such a device could improve point-of-care diagnostics for use in low-resource settings.

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Bioactive glass exudes copper ions to control infection, stimulate repair in bone

By April Gocha / March 1, 2019

Researchers developed a multifunctional bioactive glass scaffold that can simultaneously prevent infection, stimulate bone repair, and prompt the body to heal supportive tissues—an intriguing possible all-in-one solution to heal diseased bone.

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Do the environment a (bio)solid—use bio-bricks!

By Lisa McDonald / February 1, 2019

RMIT University researchers found biosolids-enhanced bricks showed lower thermal conductivity and reduced brick firing energy demands compared to traditional bricks.

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