• A Nitinol shape memory alloy-containing fabric to improve the impact absorption capabilities of helmets. Agv SpA, a supplier of motorcycle helmets based in Rivalta Scrivia, Italy, partnered in the project

    Shape memory alloys debut in textiles

    Materials World magazine
    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been incorporated into textiles for the first time, say researchers participating in a pan-European project called Avalon. They have developed prototypes using nickel-titanium (Nitinol) wire – including a motorcycle helmet, a stent graft for treating vascular diseases and an orthopaedic support bandage.
  • High-power 635nm red laser bar. Courtesy of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH.

    Lasers offer a BRIGHTER future

    Materials World magazine
    Healthcare, telecommunications and display technology may benefit from a ‘new generation’ of high-brightness semiconductor lasers that emit across the spectrum.
  • The ‘tri-leaflet’ design of the artificial heart valve developed at University College London, UK. It is made from polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane

    Nanocages for flexible heart valves

    Materials World magazine
    UK researchers have optimised a nanocomposite material to create less bulky and invasive artificial heart valves. They say this is particularly useful for children, as the material is said to be flexible enough to be implanted into the body using a catheter, rather than surgery.
  • Porter’s Chair designed by Minima and manufactured by Vernacare

    Designing out bugs – hospital furniture

    Materials World magazine
    Prototypes of hospital furniture and equipment to help the fight against healthcare associated infections will be unveiled at UK exhibitions over the coming months. Katherine Williams reports on some of the designs and materials used.
  • The hydroxyapatite and beta-tricalcium phosphate blend five days after being seeded with the MG-63 human osteosarcoma cell line. The material shows good colonisation, with the cell morphology and structure intact

    Algae for bone grafts

    Materials World magazine
    Synthetic bone fillers derived from mineralised marine red algae could transform grafting procedures for broken bones, according to scientists at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.
  • In vivo images for a control (a) and tumor (b) device three days after being implanted. Superimposed over the device is a pseudo-colourised map of the transverse relaxation time (T2) within the device (colour bar on the left). The T2 of the sample device is lower than the control device, indicating the presence of human chorionic gonadotrophic at the tumor site

    Continuous cancer monitoring in vivo

    Materials World magazine
    Non-invasive, continuous, in vivo monitoring at the site of cancerous tumours may eventually be possible thanks to research at MIT, USA. Scientists are looking into what they say is the first implantable device that can fulfil this function, using superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.
  • Hydrogels

    High speed patterning of hydrogels

    Materials World magazine
    Direct laser interference lithography can speed up micropatterning of hydrogels for biomedical applications with improved resolution, says Dr Andrés Lasagni in Germany.
  • Late Stage Customisation – the Panacea for a Flexible Supply Chain?

    London and SE Packaging Society
    On 12th May at 1 Carlton House Terrace another highly informative lecture was given by Geoff Giles of iDi Pac Limited. Geoff explained the intricacies of developing a Late Stage...
  • IOM3 2009 Award and Prize winners announced

    The recipients of the 2009 Institute Awards and Prizes have been decided. The premier award winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 7 July.
  • Winner Rochelle O'Hara

    Young Persons' Lecture Competition winner announced

    Rochelle O'Hara, representing Northern Ireland, has won the 2009 IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition.