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If you're the sort of person who enjoys wearing diamond jewelry on the outside of your body, scientists have some great news for you: Blinged-out medical implants (such as hip or knee replacements) could be yours one day, thanks to a new diamond-coated titanium material fabricated in Australia.
According to a new paper, published today (March 13) in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne successfully coated a 3D-printed titanium medical implant in fine synthetic diamonds using a special microwave heating chamber.
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"Currently the gold standard for medical implants is titanium, but too often titanium implants don't interact with our bodies the way we need them to," study co-author Kate Fox, a senior lecturer at RMIT University, said in a statement. "To work around this, we have used diamond on 3D scaffolds to create a surface coating that adheres better to cells commonly found in mammals."
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In the study, the researchers made a fine diamond coating using detonation nanodiamonds —extremely tiny (just a few millionths of a centimeter long) synthetic diamond crystals that are typically created through a controlled explosion. While natural diamonds can take billions of years to form in the Earth's mantle, detonation nanodiamonds take only a few minutes to create in a...
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