Video: Safe structural batteries with a cartilage-like design

By Lisa McDonald / February 13, 2019

For structural batteries to serve as both an energy source and a construction material, they must be light, strong, safe, and have high load-bearing capacity. New research suggests modeling the solid electrolyte after cartilage could fulfill all these requirements.

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Bioglass stretches further, shows promise for cartilage repair

By April Gocha / May 26, 2016

Researchers at Imperial College London are making strides towards one day being able to fix cartilage with a new formulation of bioglass that bends and bounces.

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UPDATE: Ceramics pair with silk to form skeletal tissue-repairing dynamic duo

By April Gocha / October 21, 2015

Researchers at Tufts University (Medord, Mass.) and the University of Sydney (Australia) have developed a novel type of biodegradable scaffold that combines silk and ceramic to help broken bodies jointly rebuild the cartilage and bone that compose joints.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / December 4, 2012

So much to read, so little time. Maybe try anyway: Scientists discover novel way to ‘heal’ defects in materials In a paper published in Nature Materials, a team of researchers report they have succeeded in creating a defect in the structure of a single-layer crystal by simply inserting an extra particle, and then watching as…

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Addition of ceramic particles, fibers toughens polymer cartilage candidate after gamma exposure

By / October 11, 2011

Credit: F. Jacquot; Wikipedia. Although they are somewhat light on the details, researchers at the Changzhou Institute of Light Industry Technology (CIT) say they may have found a way to address fatigue problems associated with two materials of interest for use as cartilage-like coating material for joint prostheses. Led by Maoquan Xue, the CIT group wanted to see…

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