Ali Tamayol helps develop microscopic membrane to fight gum disease



  • Images of the team's membrane (left) and the zinc nanoparticles (right) embedded within it. (Photo by Advanced Functional Materials / Wiley-VCH) Images of the team's membrane (left) and the zinc nanoparticles (right) embedded within it. (Photo by Advanced Functional Materials / Wiley-VCH)

Ali Tamayol helps develop microscopic membrane to fight gum disease

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Ali Tamayol, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering
Ali Tamayol, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering

"Pocket Science," a regular feature presented by University Communications, spotlighted research by Ali Tamayol, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and a team of colleagues from UCLA and Harvard Medical School.

Tamayol's team has developed a flexible, biodegradable membrane made from a polymer containing nanoparticles of zinc oxide that could help combat periodontitis, a form of gum disease that affects more than 70 percent of adults aged 65 and older.