Research paper of the month
February 2014 - From Snowflakes to Scaffolds: using ice to create 3D structures
Creating 3D structures using ice as a template, is applicable to many fields, from pharmaceutical science to tissue engineering. The architecture of 3D structures made in this way has a large impact on physical and biological properties. In this study, it was found that the fundamental relationship between ice formation and structure was controlled by a single key parameter, regardless of differences in manufacturing. The ability to predict scaffold structure will save time and money in future scaffold optimization.
K. M. Pawelec, A. Husmann, S. M. Best and R. E. Cameron, "A design protocol for tailoring ice-templated scaffold structure", J. R. Soc. Interface 11 (no.92) (2014) 20130958