#materialscience

Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Recent Articles

EMI Silicones for Sealing and Shielding in Medical Devices and Equipment

 

In Brief 

Medical gaskets that are made of particle-filled silicones provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and environmental sealing. Silicone, an inert elastomer, offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists water, ozone, and sunlight. When filled with metal or metal-coated particles, silicone compounds can also conduct electricity and resist EMI.

Read More
 1

Biosensors Benefiting from Newly Created Protein Polymer Films

In Brief

The biosensor market is seeing tremendous growth, partly due to the aging population and the increasing number of people with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require constant monitoring.  The market was valued at $15.6 billion in 2016 and is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9 percent through 2020. Recent numbers put the market at $26 billion by 2022. The rising need for miniature diagnostic and monitoring devices is driving the need for advancements in materials. One of these advancements was recently created by Michigan State University Researchers (MSU). Their teams created multilayer protein polymer films by mixing dendrimers (tree-like polymers) and proteins to spontaneously produce multilayer films. How will this material be used to build more effective biosensors?

Read More
 0

Non-Absorbable Sutures, explained

In Brief

Suturing is one of the most critical factors in a healthy recovery for surgery patients. Proper suturing is crucial for healing, infection prevention and in minimizing scarring.

Read More
 0

Advances in Exoskeletal Materials

In Brief

Developments in prostheses and robot technology have advanced rapidly, leading to the manufacture of devices known as 'exoskeletons.' These rigid devices, usually constructed with plastic and metal, act as an external skeleton, providing support and mobility to someone with decreased muscle tone or activity. While these devices provide exciting capabilities to the wearer, they are inherently heavy and inflexible.

Read More
 0

Thin Silicone Membranes for Medical Devices and Laboratory Products

 

In Brief 

Thin silicone membranes are used in medical devices and laboratory products such as catheters, valves, thin film parts, and gaskets. These highly-permeable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes provide a barrier to liquids and a permeable path to gaseous elements and compounds.

Read More
 0