The UK has its first high-flux neutron test facility

The new high-flux neutron testing facility. [Image courtesy of the University of Birmingham]

The University of Birmingham says it is now the home of the United Kingdom’s first high-flux neutron test facility.

It received the final acceptance for use of Neutron Therapeutics’ accelerator, meaning the facility can now be used. The first-of-its-kind facility enables research into the effect of neutrons in a variety of fields. These include nuclear energy, nuclear science and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT).

“The University of Birmingham’s neutron facility brings together a wide community of researchers in fields ranging from fundamental nuclear physics to nuclear materials to radiation oncology, and we are honoured to be part of this initiative,” said Noah Smick, president and COO of Neutron Therapeutics.

The UK’s first high-flux neutron test facility also come…

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Researchers tout biomaterials that can be ‘fine-tuned’ for medtech

Researchers in the UK and U.S. are touting a new thermoplastic biomaterial capable of “fine-tuning” for use in soft tissue repair or bioelectronics.

According to a news release, the material, which is a type of polyester, has been developed by a team at the University of Birmingham (UK) and Duke University (U.S.) for use in repairing soft tissue or flexible bioelectronics by fine-tuning it to enable the rate at which it degrades in the body and allow its mechanical properties to be controlled independently.

The team has shown how the addition of succinic acid, which is naturally found within the body, can be used to control the degradation rate, allowing the polyester biomaterial to degrade gradually over a period of four months as healthy tissues grow in and eventually replace the implant. Tests in rats confirmed the material’s biocompatibility and safety, the researchers said.

Researchers determined that, by varying the amounts of suc…

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