Non-invasive longitudinal tracking of stem cells to advance cell therapy

Jeffrey Struss Associate Scientist, Nanomaterials Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most commonly used non-invasive imaging techniques in medicine. Allowing the clinician to visualize the structure of the tissues inside the body in high resolution without the need for vivisection.  With the dramatic enhancements to in vivo imaging and the growth of cellular-based therapeutics, the need to track cells as they travel, over…Read More

Early and reliable detection of organ injury biomarkers using NANOenhanced SPRi technology

Jennifer Miller and Lance Li Luna’s Nanomaterials Group What are biomarkers and why are they important?  Biomarkers are measurable indicators of the presence and extent of a disease process in the body, reflecting an interaction between a biological system in the body and a potential hazard. These indicators can be a number of different substances including nucleic acids, proteins and small molecules (Figure 1). Testing…Read More

Luna’s TrueClot® Line Provides an Affordable, Realistic Training Experience to Support Obama Administration and NAEMT Training Initiatives

Michael J. Danilich, PhD Director of Research, Technology Development Division On Tuesday, October 6, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched “Stop the Bleed,” a campaign to provide ordinary citizen bystanders with the tools and know-how to stop life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency. As stated on the “Stop The Bleed” website, “no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders…Read More

T-11-The parachute with a sleeve. Made in the USA.

Mary Slaughter Asociate Scientist, Advanced Materials Group Have you ever considered skydiving? Army paratroopers routinely jump from aircraft using a T-11 parachute system that is the next generation in non steerable parachute systems in use by the United States Armed Forces.  This system is comprised of a 38 pound main chute and harness along with a 15 pound reserve assembly plus full combat equipment, designed…Read More

Advances in nanomanufacturing scale-up and cost control

Sean Davis, Engineering Technician, Nanomaterials Research Group Nanomanufacturing is the production of nanoscaled materials such as carbon nanotubes, nanosheets like graphene, and carbon cage materials like fullerenes and Luna’s proprietary Trimetaspheres®.  As these become more prevalent in everyday applications the biggest challenges will be how to produce them on large scales at low costs. Traditional production involves a batch process arc reactor where a carbon…Read More

Rapid and Advanced Sensors for Water Quality

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research Scientist and Biomedical Technologies Team Lead Nathaniel Talley, Research Associate Biomedical Technologies Group Detection of E. coli is Inefficient and Costly Monitoring water quality is critical for municipal water treatment facilities, environmental testing agencies, and related industries in the civilian and military markets. Driven by increasing environmental regulation and industrial demands, the global water industry is a hundreds of billions of…Read More

Luna coating provides radiation protection in space

Adam Goff Senior Research Scientist and Protective Materials Team Lead Charge Dissipating Transparent Conformal Coating for Spacecraft Electronics   Space mission planners are continually striving to push technologies further to explore new and environmentally harsh regions of the universe.  Associated space systems must meet their performance requirements regardless of environmental conditions and their engineering design and construction are paramount to their success.  A possible future…Read More

Synthetic Bandages for Ocular Injury Treatment

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research Scientist Lauren Costella, Associate Scientist Biomedical Technologies Group Ocular Injuries are Widespread and Inefficiently Treated The likelihood of restoring vision to the 1.5 to 2.0 million patients sustaining ocular trauma each year is directly related to immediate management of the injury. Having access to the appropriate ocular repair dressing, cleansing solutions and antibiotics is therefore critical for restoring function and minimizing…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 2)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group In our last post, we let you know about the early March conference activities we had on our calendar.  Coming up in mid-march, we have the NACE International Corrosion 2015 Conference & Expo with three additional paper presentations.  Conrad Andrews, Mara Schindelholz, and Robert Jeffers will each have a presentation at the NACE Corrosion Conference about…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 1)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group There’s a lot of activity right now in Luna’s Technology Development Division, and we’re trying to get the word out.  What better way to learn about all of our cutting edge technology than to come hear our experts speak about their work at one of the many conferences we present at each year.  The first event…Read More