Keyword: Polymers

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R&D: Medical
The researchers used water as the solvent and developed an LCST-type thermoresponsive polymer by adding alkaline earth metal ions — which are divalent cations — to polymers and aqueous solutions.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By embedding enzymes inside the polymer string, the enzymes were operational even in a dry state.
Applications: Medical

For years, ultrasonic welding has been used in cleanrooms where plastic components are assembled to complete medical and electronic...

R&D: Medical

Researchers have shown that electrospun materials have many advantages over conventional bulk materials for the development of wearables. Electrospun materials’ high surface-to-volume...

Briefs: Materials

It may look like a bizarre bike helmet, or a piece of equipment found in Doc Brown’s lab in Back to the Future, yet this gadget made of plastic and copper wire is a...

R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have developed three-in-one hybrid material smart skin for the next generation of artificial, electronic skin using a novel process. With 2,000 individual sensors per square millimeter,...

Features: Materials

The basis of metal injection molding (MIM) technology involves fine metal powders, which are combined with thermoplastic binders and surfactants, allowing injection in a plastic...

Briefs: Materials

Microfluidic devices are compact testing tools made up of tiny channels carved on a chip, which allow biomedical researchers to test the properties of liquids, particles,...

Features: Materials

Plastic consumables for medical applications are often very complex and sophisticated devices. Before these devices can be used by healthcare workers or home care patients, they...

R&D: Wearables
A polymer fiber mat is activated by heat to release drugs.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers have developed a lighter, yet more robust knee brace for the elderly who suffer from knee problems.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The noninvasive nanochip applies a harmless electric spark to deliver specific genes in a fraction of a second.
Features: Medical
Bring your project from the process development phase of manufacturing to a fully validated one.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Light-based methods open many opportunities for medical applications.
Features: Materials
Learn some of the essential areas of plasma treatment in the medical device industry.
R&D: Wearables
Scientists have created wearable, stitchable, and sensitive sensors from flexible polymers and bundles of carbon fiber.
Briefs: Medical
The coating is customizable to individuals and requires less than 10 minutes to prepare and use.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new type of chain mail fabric is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.
R&D: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3D printable nanocomposite polymeric ink uses carbon nanotubes.
Features: Materials
Learn the history of this game-changing medical material and the latest hydrocolloid developments and applications.
R&D: Test & Measurement
Researchers developed a method to bond human skin to rubber-like polymeric materials without an adhesive.
R&D: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers used individual fingertips fitted with stretchable tactile sensors with liquid metal.
R&D: Materials
Researchers report the design and fabrication of single-wall carbon nanotube thermoelectric devices on flexible polyimide substrates as a basis for wearable energy converters.
Features: Materials
Learn the key parameters for evaluating the chemical resistance of your materials.
R&D: Semiconductors & ICs
A flexible heat harvesting device shows better efficiency at retaining heat to power the device.
Global Innovations: Nanotechnology
The nanogold is implanted under the skin where it reports changes in drug concentrations by changing its color.
Technology Leaders: Materials
For all of the advancements available in ultrasonic technology, there are certain component, material, or application characteristics that can make assembly quality very difficult to control.
Features: Materials
High consistency rubbers (HCRs) give medical device manufacturers the versatility they need for demanding therapeutic applications.
Technology Leaders: Medical
An objective screening matrix to enable medical device manufacturers in identifying the appropriate material for device assemblies.

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