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Dental implant crowns can now be made with cellulose-based composites!

A research group from VTT Technical Research Center of Finland in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University has developed a sustainable multiphase nanocomposite mimicking the peachick mantis shrimp club and used it to manufacture new dental implant crowns in the laboratory. This new bioinspired material is an intermixing of birch-cellulose and a set of genetically engineered proteins. The outcome is a material that is stronger, tougher, and substantially lighter than man-made technical ceramics. It has a high potential of becoming a next-generation material in impact-resistant implants, sports equipment, body armors, exoskeletons for aircraft, electronics, or surface coatings for windshields, for example.

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