Stoney’s British Pub
3007 Concord Pike
University of Pennsylvania
“Breaking Bones at the Nanoscale to Heal Them”
Bone fracture is a macroscopic human health issue that is fundamentally dictated by small scale biomechanical properties. During exercise, injury, and repair bone tissue at micro and nano length scale is exposed to dynamic loading regime. However, our current framework for understanding bone fracture is largely based on static and macroscale studies. Our ability to quantitatively assess and mitigate fracture risk during various activities, and to accurately prescribe therapies relies on a fundamental understanding of time-dependent properties of bone tissue at micro and nano length scales. I will explain our why and how we study bones at the nanoscale to understand how the structures begins to break.