Purdue researchers use spider web design to retool 3D biomedical imaging tech

West Lafayette, Ind.-based Purdue University scientists have used architectural features from spider webs to produce 3D picture detectors for biomedical imaging, according to an Oct. 21 news release.

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” The resulting 3D optoelectronic architectures are especially appealing for photodetection systems that require a big field of vision and wide-angle antireflection, which will work for many biomedical and military imaging functions,” said Muhammad Ashraful Alam, electrical and computer system engineering professor at Purdue.

The technology utilizes the structural architecture of a spider web, which shows a duplicating pattern. This makes the platform technology more damage tolerant due to the fact that it can distribute tension more uniformly and adapt against various mechanical loads.

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The research group is currently working to protect a patent for the innovation.