Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Materials for Medical Applications

New and engineered materials have many potential applications. We are developing methods to prepare engineered microstructures for medical applications. We are synthesizing silicone membrane structures in which micron-size (about 30-50 Ám) channels are sandwiched between siliconec membranes 50-100 Ám thick. The silocone membranes are permeable to gases, including oxygen and CO2. Thus, the structure is equipped for blood flow through the channels when efficient gas exchange occurs between the venous blood and the oxygen in the gas atmosphere. This device is suitable for use as a component in artificial lung. Artificial lungs that utilize these microstructures could be substantially smaller than what can be achieved with the current technology, making them suitable for implant applications.

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