Carpenter and Yakacki published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials

Mechanical engineering assistant professors Dana Carpenter and Christopher Yakacki have published their first jointly authored paper, which is featured in this month’s issue of Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

The study, titled “Monotonic and cyclic loading behavior of porous scaffolds made from poly (para-phenylene) for orthopedic applications,” was designed to integrate medical imaging, computer models, and mechanical testing to uncover the relationships between the porous structure and mechanical behavior of porous polymer scaffolds. These scaffolds have potential applications in a range of different medical devices, including orthopedic implants.

This research is the result of a collaboration between the CU Denver Smart Materials and Biomechanics Lab and investigators Carl Frick, Ray Fertig and Joe Hoyt at the University of Wyoming.

Shandas among three to share patent for new smart material

The CU Technology Transfer Office is pleased to announce that researchers from CU’s Boulder, Anschutz and Denver campuses have been awarded a patent for improved shape memory polymers, a ‘smart material’ used in many next-generation implantable medical devices. The inventors on the patent are Christopher Bowman (CU-Boulder, ChBE), Robin Shandas (CU Denver, Bioengineering; CU Anschutz, Pediatrics; Children’s Hospital), Devatha Nair (CU Anschutz, Ophthalmology; former ChBE postdoc) and former ChBE research associate Neil Cramer.

U.S. 8,846,777, “Thiol-vinyl and thiol-yne systems for shape memory polymers,” was issued on September 30, 2014, and is part of a large portfolio of related patents prosecuted by TTO on behalf of CU.

Join us in congratulating these researchers on their achievement.