Professor Oren A. Scherman and his team in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, have developed a new highly tough and stretchable polymer hydrogel material capable of self healing and exhibiting ionic conductivity, with unique flexibility in its molecular design. This could potentially enable a new generation of flexible electronics and innovative materials for biomedical applications.
In such a new and growing area, the possible applications are extremely varied, but may include:
· Smart materials for wearable technology
· New generations of medical devices such as insulin pumps
· Wearable biosensors for recreational and medical applications
· Biomedical implants such as artificial cartilage and skin
The team is now keen to discuss the potential for this material with interested commercial parties.
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