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New 'microcapsules' have potential to repair damage caused by osteoarthritis
A new 'microcapsule' treatment delivery method developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London could reduce inflammation in cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and reverse damage to tissue. (2015-01-20)

Brighter inks, without pigment
Encapsulated nanoparticles can create bright colors by amplifying particular wavelengths of light. These microcapsules could offer a new, non-toxic and long-lasting source of color for paints and electronic displays. (2014-03-14)

Cancer targeted treatments from space station discoveries
A process investigated aboard the space station known as microencapsulation is able to more effectively produce tiny, liquid-filled, biodegradable micro-balloons containing specific combinations of concentrated anti-tumor drugs. (2014-02-27)

Microencapsulation produces uniform drug release vehicle
Consistently uniform, easily manufactured microcapsules containing a brain cancer drug may simplify treatment and provide more tightly controlled therapy, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-09-03)

A self-healing protective coating for concrete
Scientists are reporting development of what they describe as the first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete, the world's most widely used building material. Their study on the material -- which is inexpensive and environmentally friendly -- appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2013-02-20)

Anna Balazs announced as 2013 Mines Medalist
Anna Balazs, Ph.D., has been named 2013 Mines Medalist by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. It will be the fifth anniversary of the award honoring those who help to ensure the United States' global preeminence in engineering and science. (2013-01-29)

New paints prevent fouling of ships' hulls
The colonization of hulls by algae, barnacles, mussels and other organisms is a major problem for both pleasure boats and merchant tonnage. In a joint project, researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed new environmentally-friendly and effective bottom paints to prevent this. (2012-06-11)

Research boom on ingredients for 'enhanced cosmetics'
Growing demand among baby boomers and others for (2012-05-16)

Healing the iPhone's wounds
In a paper published today, Jan. 10, in Nature Nanotechnology, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Massachusetts Amherst propose a (2012-01-10)

Hybrid silkworms spin stronger spider silk
Silk produced by transgenically-engineered silkworms in the laboratory of Malcolm Fraser, Jr., professor of biological sciences at University of Notre Dame, exhibits the highly sought-after strength and elasticity of spider silk. This stronger silk could possibly be used to make sutures, artificial limbs and parachutes. (2012-01-06)

Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste
University of Illinois engineers have developed a self-healing system that restores electrical conductivity to a cracked circuit in less time than it takes to blink. As a crack propagates, microcapsules filled with liquid metal break open and the liquid fills the gap, restoring electrical flow. The technology is especially attractive for applications where repair is impossible, such as a battery, or finding the source of a failure is difficult, such as an air- or spacecraft. (2011-12-20)

Advance in obtaining more effective treatment against chronic illnesses
Chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's could be treated more effectively in the future, by means of the transplant of microencapsulated cells. The researcher from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) Dr Ainhoa Murua has presented a number of proposals for optimising this technique. Amongst other things, she put forward improvements that can make viable the transplant of cells from other species (xenotransplants) to human patient. (2011-07-20)

Unique gel capsule structure enables co-delivery of different types of drugs
Chemists have designed a multiple-compartment gel capsule that can simultaneously deliver hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. The microcapsules could be used for the treatment of diseases like cancer, which is often treated using combination chemotherapy. (2011-07-06)

Biocides that attack only insects
Biocides turn out to be less toxic for the environment if they are subjected to microencapsulation, due to the fact that this process forms shells for the substance. This is the conclusion of chemist Mariluz Alonso in a thesis defended at the University of the Basque Country. (2011-06-28)

More effective and less risky when you paint the hull of your boat
Every boat owner recognizes the dilemma: environmentally friendly or effective. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now found a way of reconciling these two almost unattainable aims. By using smart combinations of the most environmentally friendly biocides in the paint, it is possible to both reduce the total quantity of biocides and dramatically reduce the environmental impact. (2011-05-09)

Defective plastics repair themselves
Indestructible things are a figment of the imagination of advertising. Even plastic components that have to stand up to major mechanical loads can break. The reason for this are microcracks that may be found in any component part. Researchers have now come up with elastic polymers that heal themselves to put an end to the growth of cracks. (2011-04-05)

Cements that self-repair cracks and store latent heat energy
Cement (and derivatives thereof) is one of the materials most commonly used in construction, given its good performance at low cost. Over recent years, one part of scientific and technological research is aimed at incorporating additional functions into these materials. (2011-03-02)

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher developing bio-based polymers that heal cracks
Michael Kessler of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is researching biorenewable polymers capable of healing themselves as they degrade and crack. The self-healing properties can increase material lifetimes and reduce maintenance. There are challenges, but Kessler thinks there's potential to develop new and effective materials. (2011-01-06)

Pitt team designs artificial cells that communicate and cooperate like biological cells, ants
University of Pittsburgh researchers designed (2010-07-19)

Crash helmet with a useful smell
Cycle helmets are available in a wide range of types, including foldable models, models fitted with a flashing rear light or featuring an iPhone display. In the future, they will start to smell distinctively if they need to be replaced. A new process causes odoriferous oils to exude from plastic materials if they are cracked. (2010-06-07)

Next-generation microcapsules deliver 'chemicals on demand'
Scientists in California are reporting development of a new generation of the microcapsules used in carbon-free copy paper, in which capsules burst and release ink with pressure from a pen. The new microcapsules burst when exposed to light, releasing their contents in ways that could have wide-ranging commercial uses from home and personal care to medicine.Their study appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a weekly publication. (2009-10-28)

'Micro shuttle' drug delivery could mean an end to regular dosing
Scientists working at Queen Mary, University of London, have developed micrometer-sized capsules to safely deliver drugs inside living cells. In the future, this technique could allow full courses of prescription drugs to be effectively (2009-10-01)

Tiny capsules deliver
A tiny particle syringe composed of polymer layers and nanoparticles may provide drug delivery that targets diseased cells without harming the rest of the body, according to a team of chemical engineers. This delivery system could be robust and flexible enough to deliver a variety of substances. (2009-01-12)

Sandia's microencapsulation project gives local entrepreneur warm glow
Sandia National Laboratories resident microencapsulation expert, Duane Schneider, is working with an Albuquerque company to use microencapsulation technology in a novel self-warming hand and body lotion. (2008-12-16)

New polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratched
Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois. (2008-12-09)

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Nov. 19, 2008
The American Chemical Society News Service Weekly Press Package with reports from 36 major peer-reviewed journals on chemistry, health, medicine, energy, environment, food, nanotechnology and other hot topics. (2008-11-19)

New recipe for self-healing plastic includes dash of food additive
Adding a food additive to damaged polymers can help restore them to full strength, say scientists at the University of Illinois who cooked up the novel, self-healing system. (2008-10-15)

Self-repairing materials
When a person suffers a minor wound, the human body reacts to close the opening, sending the blood platelets needed to the affected area -- and with no need in many cases for any external coagulant substance to be employed. This reaction of nature to damage suffered was the starting point for the development of self-repairing polymer materials with the capacity of recovering a good part of the properties lost and with no or with minimal external help. (2008-04-17)

Catalyst-free chemistry makes self-healing materials more practical
A new catalyst-free, self-healing material system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois offers a far less expensive and far more practical way to repair composite materials used in structural applications ranging from airplane fuselages to wind-farm propeller blades. (2007-11-27)

Carnegie Mellon researchers to develop new drug delivery system
Carnegie Mellon University's Stefan F. Zappe is using adult neural stem cells to develop a new stem-based drug delivery therapy that may ultimatley help treat a variety of inherited disorders like Hunter syndrome. (2007-11-02)

What's in your microcapsule? Tattoo ink -- and more
Brown University and Freedom-2, a New York City company developing inks to make safe, permanent removable tattoos, have reached a licensing agreement that gives Freedom-2 the rights to use the microencapsulation process perfected in the laboratory of Edith Mathiowitz for the purposes of making tattoo ink. But Mathiowitz's technique for coating particles in polymers has plenty of uses outside the tattoo parlor. (2007-07-09)

Now, self-healing materials can mimic human skin, healing again and again
The next generation of self-healing materials, invented by researchers at the University of Illinois, mimics human skin by healing itself time after time. The new materials rely upon embedded, three-dimensional microvascular networks that emulate biological circulatory systems. (2007-06-11)

Students invent protective pouch to enhance cell therapy
Students have invented a device to improve cell therapy for diabetes patients by anchoring transplanted insulin-producing cells inside a major blood vessel. (2007-05-07)

First international conference on self-healing materials
Scientific research into self-healing materials has taken off significantly worldwide in recent years. The Delft Centre for Materials of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has therefore taken the initiative to mount the first conference on the topic. From Wednesday, April 18, to Friday, April 20, leading scientists, including all the new discipline's renowned pioneers, will gather in the Palace Hotel in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to present their findings during the First International Conference on Self-Healing Materials. (2007-04-13)

Mechanics meets chemistry in new way to manipulate matter
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found a novel way to manipulate matter and drive chemical reactions along a desired direction. The new technique utilizes mechanical force to alter the course of chemical reactions and yield products not obtainable through conventional conditions. (2007-03-21)

Microcapsules like it hot and salty
Max Planck scientists in Potsdam are developing a new method using salt content and temperature to control the permeability of microcapsules. (2006-11-28)

Another boost for stem cell research
Another Australian breakthrough is likely to strengthen the case for embryonic stem cell research. (2006-11-14)

Louisiana Tech inventors honored for research
Twenty Louisiana Tech faculty researchers were honored for their innovative skills and production at an Inventors' Recognition event held recently. (2006-11-03)

Microcapsules open in tumor cells
Max Planck researchers channel microcapsules into tumor cells and release their contents using a laser impulse. (2006-08-23)

'Biobullets' fight harmful mussels
British researchers have developed a (2006-01-31)

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