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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Kyla Nichols

Kyla Nichols is a Sourcebook Engineer at Boyd Technologies which involves onboarding new Sourcebook suppliers and providing sourcing support for subscribers. Kyla holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with a focus in biomedical materials. She participated in a research program at the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and was inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for work in collaboration with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Electrospun Nanofibers Take Technical Textiles to a New Level

In Brief

"Smart" devices, appliances, glasses, watches, clothing and numerous other items have flooded the market in recent years. The global market for the smart clothing sector alone is expected to reach $2 billion by the end of this year. One of the reasons for the technological strides is the advances in technical textiles. Smart fabrics must be able to conduct electricity, as well as be flexible, breathable and comfortable for the wearer. Those specs have proven difficult until recently. A group of international researchers tested the use of polymer nanofiber composite nonwovens that were produced through the process of electrospinning. Their research yielded a bendable and breathable fabric with metal-like electrical conductivity. While electrospinning has been used to manufacture nonwovens for many years, its application to smart clothing is revolutionizing this new technology.

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What makes a Material "Medical Grade"?

In Brief

Materials used in the healthcare and medical setting must often carry the title "medical grade." But what defines a material as "medical grade"? Biocompatibility refers to "the ability of a material to perform with an appropriate host response in a specific application" (William's definition), and can be measured in different ways, depending on the context of the medical device. Because they come in contact with the human body, materials are tested for biocompatibility and safety in order to receive the "medical grade" designation.

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Anatomy of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

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Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen provided by a patient. These tests are typically used at point of care (medical office), at home, or in the laboratory. They are valued for being low-cost, simple, rapid and portable.

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What's the next step in Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria? Nanotechnology

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Over the last hundred years, antibiotics have been central to the extraordinary rate of improvement in medical technology. From swiftly curing basic infections to raising the rate of survival after invasive surgical procedures, they have given humanity superior life expectancy and overall health today than at any point in the history of civilization. As many know, however, excessive and improper prescription of antibiotics to treat illness has led to the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the search for novel approaches to fighting this bacteria, nanotechnology has come into increasing use.

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Technical Primer - Plasticizers


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Plasticizers, when added to materials, make them more flexible and pliable as well as making them easier to process. In many medical and life science applications, these materials are vital to the effectiveness of the materials. Throughout these fields, there are many applications for plasticizers. Understanding these applications makes it easier to choose the right plasticizer for each material and application, ensuring more effective materials for use in these industries.

 

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