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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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Gain a winning smile with glass-ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / January 22, 2019

Glass-ceramic dental crowns offer better aesthetics than conventional ceramics, but are not as strong. Researchers in Sweden developed a glass-ceramic that is both aesthetic and strong.

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Novel coating reduces corrosion and biofouling on ships

By Faye Oney / October 12, 2018

Researchers have developed a coating that could reduce biofouling on ships by up to 50%. Their coating could double a ship’s deployment at sea and reduce maintenance and fuel costs.

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Video: 3-D printed ‘Hyperelastic Bone’ regenerates bone tissue

By Faye Oney / August 15, 2018

Researchers have developed a flexible ceramic 3-D printed bone implant. Called ‘Hyperelastic Bone,’ the implant can regenerate bone tissue growth, ultimately becoming part of the patient’s own bone.

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3-D printed ceramic implants could someday replace bone graft technology

By Faye Oney / August 14, 2018

In a new study, researchers have demonstrated a method of regenerating bone using 3-D printed ceramic scaffolds. This technique could possibly replace traditional bone grafts and help those with bone injuries or deformities.

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Graphene foam could be just the prescription for arthritis sufferers

By Faye Oney / July 13, 2018

Researchers showed bioscaffolds out of graphene foam mixed with animal cells could eventually replace cartilage destroyed by osteoarthritis. The military may also use the research to treat musculoskeletal injuries in the field.

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