Electron microscope image of ETH's silicone wound-healing plaster (Image: A. Marmaras / ETH Zurich)
ETH scientist have developed a specially contoured silicone that accelerates wound healing (Photo: Shutterstock)
Even the smallest wound is potentially serious, so something as simple as a finger plaster and a little disinfectant can make the difference when it comes to preventing a nasty infection. But a dressing can do more than just keep out germs. That’s the idea behind work of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, where Prof. Dimos Poulikakos and his team of engineers and biologists are developing a new plaster that not only protects a wound from infection, it can also accelerate healing through the use of specially contoured silicone that promotes cell migration.
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