A common machine is behind a new process that could potentially lead to the creation of replacement artificial livers, kidneys and other essential human organs. You’ve seen it before at fairs, festivals and even birthday parties: It’s the cotton candy machine.
When scientist Leon Bellan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got the inspiration as a graduate student. He was studying how nanoscale fibers were created using electrospinning. The technique uses a very high voltage to produce a fiber-forming jet that deposits nanofibers in a mat on a surface.
“When describing this mat, people often use the analogy of silly string, cheese whiz, or cotton candy,” he told Bioscience Technology.
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