Nanotechnology: Replacing Human Tissues with Rubber

As per one of the researches conducted at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, the researchers have created a rubber like substance that is believed to replace the human tissues. It has a unique set of properties and it is believed that it is supposed to make a revolutionary change in the area of medicine. This research was recently published in the ACS Nano.

When foreign materials are to be introduced to the body, there are several kinds of risks that tag along. There are serious infections that can cause, for instance, Botox is quite toxic and is being used for several kinds of cosmetic requirements. Hence, this is brought in the need for the better materials that are not as harmful for the body.

“We were really surprised that the material turned to be very soft, flexible and extremely elastic. It would not work as a bone replacement material, we concluded. But the new and unexpected properties made our discovery just as exciting,” said Anand Kumar Rajasekharan, PhD in Materials Science and one of the lead researchers in the study.

The results were astonishing as the material was new and rubber like and would be more appropriate for its applications in the bio medics. Because of its high elasticity and least strain required in its production plus its sustainability, it has become an ideal option for several medical applications.

“The first application we are looking at now is urinary catheters. The material can be constructed in such a way that prevents bacteria from growing on the surface, meaning it is very well suited for medical uses,” said Martin Andersson, who is a research leader for this study and also a Professor of Chemistry at Chalmers.