In a cross-campus collaboration that has their lab personnel learning both metallurgic and wet-lab techniques, Schroers and Themis Kyriakides, PhD, associate professor of pathology and biomedical engineering at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, are exploring how bulk metallic glasses perform as biomaterials.

For one thing, the materials are largely harmless to mammalian cells yet hostile to bacteria. This property might make them useful as an antibacterial coating on artificial joints, surgical instruments, or hospital doorknobs.

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