A. Sydney Gladman, Asha-Dee N. Celestine, Nancy R. Sottos and Scott R. White
Inspired by damage repair in biological systems, S. R. White and team demonstrate a novel self-healing system in a non-living commercial biomaterial on page 202. This self-healing acrylic bone cement is enabled by solvent-filled microcapsules, which heal crack damage and restore up to 80% of the initial fracture toughness of the cement. This innovation has major implications for extending the lifetime of orthopedic joint replacements.
Article first published online: 28 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201570009
Another cover image I designed that got chosen by Advanced Healthcare Materials.