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Scientists Find Non-stick Benefit in Starfish

Scientists have found a non-stick benefit in the slimy material that covers the body of Marthasterias glacialis, a species of spiny starfish.

Signaling Skin pH with Indicator Dyes

Gerhard Mohr, PhD, head of the sensor materials group at The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies (EMFT), has developed dyes for wound dressings that change color when they detect infection. Interestingly, initial research for this wound-healing application originated in the water treatment field.

Researchers Develop Color-changing Sensor for Fluoride

Researchers at Florida State University has developed a molecular sensor based on naphthalene diimide that changes color when it comes into contact with fluoride.

Winds of Change

In many companies, thinking outside of the proverbial box is encouraged year-round; but in the last few months, innovation has notably been emphasized in event themes and even government agency efforts.

Better Bonds from Mollusk Chemistry

Most consumer attention to oysters and mussels has centered on their taste, beautiful by-products or aphrodisiac effects; however, their adhesive properties are what caught the attention of Jonathan Wilker. These properties could be adapted for personal care.

NY Chemists Develop Nature-inspired Responsive Molecule

An amphiphilic molecule designed by chemists at The City College of New York is said to respond to stimuli in a similar manner to the Venus fly trap by changing its structure when heated slightly, then reverting to its original form when cooled.

Company Requests Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial Technologies

NineSigma has published a request for a broad spectrum antimicrobial or antimicrobial systems that are efficacious for either liquid solutions or plastic surface applications.

Comparatively Speaking: Simple Salt vs. Ionic Liquid

Unlike common salts, ionic liquids are salts in which the ions are poorly coordinated, resulting in molecules that are liquid below 100°C. The use of ionic liquids will aid the formulator in improving delivery efficiency.

Scientists Develop Dye for Wound Dressings to Indicate Infection

Scientists at the Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Modulare Festkörper (EMFT) in Munich have developed an indicator dye for bandages and dressings that changes color if an infection develops underneath.

NSF Launches Innovation Nation Video Series

Just as the European Commission (EC) established the Innovation Union to spur innovation and step up R&D efforts in Europe, as reported by Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) released Innovation Nation, a 26-part series of videos that reviews some of the NSF-funded inventions and research that are shaping the world.

Research Implicates Heat as the Mechanism Behind Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser treatments often are used to rejuvenate the skin, although the underlying processes have remained mostly unexplained. However, research from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands suggests the laser's heat rather than its light is the mechanism behind skin rejuvenation.

Electrifying Skin Delivery

Iontophoresis is a well-known, noninvasive method that uses a small electric charge to deliver chemicals through the skin. However, according to Gregory Schultz, PhD, and Daniel Gibson, a professor and doctoral candidate, respectively, at the University of Florida, this method of delivery can have its drawbacks. Together with co-inventor, Sonal Sanjeev Tuli, MD, the team developed a method to iontophorese macromolecules into tissue such as the skin without causing damage; however, initial research focused on the eye.