10 October 2017

Nature's Secret Lubricants: From Dinosaur's Knee Joints to Artificial Hip Replacements

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SCI's London Group in partnership with UCL's Chemical & Physical Society


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The remarkable ease with which some biological tissue surfaces glide over each other (e.g. in eye blinking and knee joints) has long puzzled and humbled us. The subject of friction and lubrication is as important and relevant today (e.g. in healthcare and industrial applications), as it was in antiquity (e.g when ancient Egyptians transported stone statues). However, our fundamental understanding of the enigmatic mechanism for biolubrication remains limited. We have critically examined different biolubrication mechanisms and proposed a hydration lubrication mechanism that points to the fluidity of water molecules as the key to unlock nature's secret lubrication.

Day 1 - 10th October 2017

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Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ

Emma Thomas

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7598 1594

Email: communications@soci.org

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Dr Wuge Briscoe, University of Bristol