Graphenemex attended the 2016’ International Graphene Innovation Conference（GRAPCHINA 2016). At one of the conferences we met with Sir Andre Geim, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for his work with graphene.
Graphene nanoribbons show promise for healing spinal injures
MIKE WILLIAMS – SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Rice scientists develop Texas-PEG to help knit severed, damaged spinal cords
The combination of graphene nanoribbons made with a process developed at Rice University and a common polymer could someday be of critical importance to healing damaged spinal cords in people, according to Rice chemist James Tour.
The Tour lab has spent a decade working with graphene nanoribbons, starting with the discovery of a chemical process to “unzip” them from multiwalled carbon nanotubes, as revealed in a Nature paper in 2009. Since then, the researchers have used them to enhance materials for the likes of deicers for airplane wings, better batteries and less-permeable containers for natural gas storage.
Now their work to develop nanoribbons for medical applications has resulted in a material dubbed Texas-PEG that may help knit damaged or even severed spinal cords.
A paper on the results of preliminary animal-model tests appears in the journal Surgical Neurology International.