Soft materials represent a large portion of biomedical and bioengineering research. Until recently, the mechanical properties of soft tissues and hydrogels have not truly been studied. However, given recent developments of new scaffolds and more localized medical treatments, understanding the mechanical properties of soft biomaterials is becoming critical.
This webinar will elucidate the nanoindentation approach for the measurement of soft materials that will be demonstrated via several topics and pertinent real-world examples including:
Why indent soft materials
Cartilage: stiffness gradient of human knee cartilage
Cornea: how stiff is human cornea and how can indentation help in treatment of corneal conditions
Contact lenses: effect of loading rate on elastic modulus—tunable comfort
Hydrogels: solid, liquid, or gel
Hyaluronic acid foils: properties of thin hydrogel sheets
An interactive Q&A session follows the presentation.