Exciting developments highlight new applications for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Dry processed fabrics containing high aspect ratio carbon nanotubes could enable a new generation of products.
Deep-pressure vest offers an alternative to drug therapy and other treatments for some mental health disorders.
For advanced technical textiles, knits offer a diverse and versatile fabric system.
Polymer technology includes fiber extrusion and preserves the activity of therapeutic agents.
Researchers to produce artificial fibers to repair or replace injured human tendons.
Threads and zips with an anti-bed bug treatment based on naturally occurring durable plant extract and oils.
A shirt with a hidden microfiber patch suitable for cleaning glasses, phones and cameras.
Companies respond to catastrophic situations when demand spikes for specific goods.
Companies will develop ballistic-protection material for armored vehicles.
Hohenstein Institute creates optimized textile-based head protection systems.
Properties of lesser value cotton make it better than higher grade cotton for cleaning up oil spills.
Hohenstein Institute conducts skin tests on textiles with silver and other antimicrobial materials.
New apps from the Red Cross help you stay ahead of the storm.
German researchers produce super-strong artificial silk fibers.
Of the 6 million bone fractures that occur each year, 10 percent exhibit insufficient healing due to improper fixation, metabolic disturbances or impaired blood supply. Such fractures are more likely to occur in the elderly population due to degenerative diseases including osteoporosis. With more than 20% of the population over the age of 65 by 2025, there is an urgent need for improved bone healing therapies.
Current treatment strategies such as bone grafts, metals, and bioceramics suffer from limitations related to availability, potential for disease transfer, compliance issues and fabrication challenges.
As an alternative to existing approaches, composite scaffolds fabricated from biodegradable polymers and bioceramic compounds aim to maximize the benefits while addressing the limitations of each component. These materials enable one to tailor the stiffness, porosity and degradation for specific patients or bone defect sites. Such composites have been generated using a variety of synthetic polymers and ceramics, but the contribution of the ceramic toward bone repair is more challenging to understand.