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  • Smart surgical implant coatings provide early failure warning while preventing infection

    An artist's rendering of an implant with the smart coating

    Smart coatings on orthopedic implants, developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have bacteria-killing nanopillars on one side and strain-mapping flexible electronics on the other. This could help physicians guide patient rehabilitation and repair or replace devices before they fail.

    Image by Beckman Imaging Technology Group


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Qing Cao, email:

    The paper “A smart coating with integrated physical-antimicrobial and strain-mapping functionalities for orthopedic implants” is available online

    DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adg7397