Advanced Materials

Synthetic Vein Graft Could Prevent Blood Clotting, Thrombosis

Engineers have tested a design for synthetic grafts that mimics the active wrinkling of natural arteries, a movement that helps to reduce the risk of thrombosis.

Kayt Sukel
January 23, 2019
Advanced Metamaterial Reshapes Hip Replacement Surgery

Mechanical metamaterials offer new hope to orthopedic patients and their doctors by nearly eliminating degradation and damage to the hip socket.

Dan Ferber
December 10, 2018
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Special Surface Coating Can Kill Most Bacteria and Viruses on Contact

A new type of surface coating made from photosensitizer molecules kills viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens when applied to consumer and medical products.

John Tibbetts
November 19, 2018
Injectable Bandage Stops Internal Bleeding of Severe Wounds

Biomedical engineers at Texas A&M University developed a hydrogel made from nanoflakes of synthetic clay and sugar chains extracted from seaweed. The gel could act as an injectable bandage to stop internal bleeding on a battlefield, in a surgical suite, or at an accident site.

Melissae Fellet
May 14, 2018
Restoring Sight to Blind Rats

An organic retinal prosthesis that uses flexible conductive polymers rather than hard silicon electronics successfully restored sight to blind rats, lasted six to 10 months, and functioned without external power sources or wireless receivers. 

Kayt Sukel
April 16, 2018
The Rise of the DNA Nanorobots

When designed properly, DNA folds into tiny devices that move like macroscopic machines.

Hai-Jun Su, Carlo...
April 10, 2017