Photos of the Day: Plant-Based Medical Devices

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:15am
Purdue University

This illustration depicts structural details of cellulose nanocrystals. The cellulose nanocrystals represent a potential green alternative to carbon nanotubes for reinforcing materials such as polymers and concrete. Applications for biomaterials made from the cellulose nanocrystals might include biodegradable plastic bags, textiles and wound dressings; flexible batteries made from electrically conductive paper; new drug-delivery technologies; transparent flexible displays for electronic devices; special filters for water purification; new types of sensors; and computer memory. (Credit: Purdue University image/Pablo Zavattieri)

This transmission electron microscope image shows cellulose nanocrystals, tiny structures that give trees and plants their high strength, light weight and resilience. The nanocrystals might be used to create a new class of biomaterials that would have a wide range of applications. (Credit: Purdue Life Sciences Microscopy Center)

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