Developing novel gels to improve stem cell research

A range of novel gels that will improve the quality, storage, transportation and reliability of stem cells is being developed by a team of polymer chemists and biologists at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the global transformational medical technologies’ firm, GE Healthcare, and GEO Specialty Chemicals. Just six months into the three-year Engineering […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 in News.
Hydrogel nanocomposite

Polymer Centre Highlight – Self-Assembled Graphene Oxide–Gelatin Nanocomposite Hydrogels

Hydrogels consist of a network of hydrophilic polymer chains held together by cross-links. These cross-links prevent the individual motion of polymer chains leading to the formation of a ‘gel’. Hydrogels closely resemble biological tissues due to their high water content and environmental sensitivities. This makes them attractive for biomedical applications, including tissue engineering and drug […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 in News, Publications.

Polymer Centre Highlight: A Greener Route to Green Energy

Polymer centre academics; Dr Alan Dunbar, Dr Ahmed Iraqi, Dr Alastair Buckley and Prof David Lidzey have reported the manufacture of organic photovoltaic devices from non-halogenated binary solvent blends. This work was carried out in collaboration with Dr Andrew Pearson from the Optoelectronics Group at Cambridge University. Organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) have seen recent improvements […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 in News, Publications.

Polymer Centre Highlight – Inkjet printing of self-healing polymers in aerospace applications

Polymer Centre academics Dr Simon Hayes and Dr Patrick Smith have been investigating an application for thermally-cured polymers to heal defects in composite materials in aircrafts, by applying this technology through inkjet printing. Composite materials, defined as materials made from two or more distinctive components which have different physical and chemical properties, are used in […]

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

3D-printed guides can help restore function in damaged nerves

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have succeeded in using a 3D printed guide to help nerves damaged in traumatic incidents repair themselves. The team used the device to repair nerve damage in animal models and say the method could help treat many types of traumatic injury. The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), […]

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized.