In this episode, we talk about a research from Penn State that has proven the concept of printing tissue during surgery, a joint effort between MIT & Harvard to develop a hair brushing robot, and a breakthrough in anode free and sodium based batteries coming out of Washington University in St. Louis. As always, you can find these and other interesting & impactful engineering articles on Wevolver.com.
(0:50) - Bioprinting During Surgery:
Trauma to the head or face can be difficult to address and oftentimes requires bone grafts from the patient or cadaverous. Professor Ibrahim Ozbolat’s team at Penn State has addressed this by developing bio inks for hard and soft tissue enabling in situ bioprinting during surgery.
Nurses spend 18-40% of their time on direct patient care which involves hygienic maintenance like brushing hair. A joint effort from MIT & Harvard aims to alleviate so of their workload by automating the hair brushing process using robots.
(13:10) - Anode Free Batteries:
Lithium ion batteries power almost all major electronic appliances that we use today; however the main ingredient is scarce and therefore ~25% of the cost we pay is just for the battery. Professor Pen Bai from Washington University wants to address this issue using their new anode free sodium based battery cells that were developed.
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