Researchers at Work on Adhesive to Bond Broken Bones

Posted on 6/26/2018 7:39:00 AM By ASC

Swedish researchers have recently revealed their progress on an adhesive to bond broken bones. So far, the obstacles to using adhesives for bone repair have not been overcome. These include the need for the adhesive to work in a wet environment, the issue of biocompatibility, and insufficient bond strength.

However, lead researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Professor Michael Malkoch, says that his team has successfully repaired broken bones in rats and that they were “pleased” with the results achieved.

The adhesive is based on the thiol-ene coupling (TEC) bonding technique used in dentistry and can bond bone in as little as five minutes while overcoming biocompatibility issues and those caused by exposure to moisture.

The research report produced by the team was published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The researchers concluded that their work could serve as the forerunner for the future use of biomedical TEC adhesives.

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