Monday, November 18, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
IMNI distinguished lecture oresented by Dr. Brian R. Lawn, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Teeth are critical markers of our present and past, how we eat, how we evolved. They are relatively hard and brittle with a complex microstructure, and are thereby of considerable interest to biomaterials scientists. It is hypothesised that specific tooth forms are adapted to resist fracture, in order to accommodate the high bite forces needed to secure, break down and consume food.