• A single bundle of electrospun submicron polycaprolactone fibres. The team at The University of Manchester believes the material could aid regeneration in tendons.

    Electrospinning biomaterials for tendon repair

    Materials World magazine
    Scientists at The University of Manchester, UK, are investigating the use of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibres to regenerate damaged tendons. Because the bundle of fibres replicates the morphology of tendon tissue, researchers envisage that the synthetic structure will perform the mechanical function of the tendon while it repairs itself, as well as act as a temporary scaffold to promote cell migration and new tissue formation.
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    Healing cracks in materials through an electric field

    Materials World magazine
    A computational study has shown that cracks in conducting or semiconducting materials could be healed or inhibited by applying an electric field.
  • Simpler surface analysis

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at Germany’s national metrology institute, have developed a faster and easier method for analysing surfaces with different reflectivities.
  • Plastic laser one step closer

    Materials World magazine
    Polymer lasers could be one step closer to reality thanks to research conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA, using a luminescent semiconducting polymer. Such devices offer potential for brighter and cheaper polarised light sources.
  • Micro and nanolevel patterning of substrates

    Materials World magazine
    A team exploring more cost effective 3D, non-planar, micro- and nanolevel patterning of substrates at Newcastle University, UK, has received £90,000 worth of additional funding.
  • New sports technology institute at Loughborough

    Materials World magazine
    Hailed as one of the world’s most advanced sports technology centres, the Sports Technology Institute in Loughborough, UK, is set to open on 27 February.
  • Oil-repelling materials

    Materials World magazine
    Polymeric microfibres may hold the key to the first simple process for manufacturing super oil-repelling (oleophobic) materials.
  • New packaging standard

    Packaging Professional magazine
    The Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now includes non-food packaging, announced the British Retail Consortium (BRC) at the standard's launch on 17 December 2007
  • Gene therapy with biodegradable polymers

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at MIT, USA, are manufacturing biodegradable and non-viral polymers that bind to and condense DNA into nanoparticles that are ready to be injected into the body for use in gene therapy.
  • Next-generation nanowire memory devices

    Materials World magazine
    Research performed at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, has taken a step closer to creating faster and longer lasting memory devices using phase-change materials at the nanoscale.