New MASC Method Creates Materials That Replicate Structure of Natural Teeth

by Vishnuprasad on  September 29, 2015 at 7:50 PM Research News
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New Procedure that allows them to mimic the complex fine structure of biological composite materials, such as teeth or seashells.

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new magnetically guided material to replicate structure of natural teeth.
New MASC Method Creates Materials That Replicate Structure of Natural Teeth
New MASC Method Creates Materials That Replicate Structure of Natural Teeth

Their method is called "magnetically assisted slip casting" (MASC). The method involves pouring a suspension of magnetized aluminum oxide platelets into a mold.

The researchers produced an artificial tooth using the MASC method, resulting in a very similar material to that within natural teeth.

Andre Studart, Professor of Complex Materials, said that they were able to produce a tough, multi-layered material based on the construction principle of teeth or seashells.

"The wonderful thing about our new procedure is that it builds on a 100-year-old technique and combines it with modern material research," says Studart's doctoral student Tobias Niebel, co-author of a study just published in the specialist journal Nature Materials.



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