A review article on the medical free-standing polymeric ultrathin films (nanosheets), being developed by Assistant Professor Toshinori Fujie at the Waseda Institute of Advanced Studies in collaboration with Professor Shinji Takeoka at the School of Advanced Science and Engineering, was published in the July 2016 edition of Polymer Journal by Nature Publishing Group.
Nanosheets, expected to be used in surgical treatment as woundressing materials, have been developed independently at Waseda University since 2007. Ultra-thin as 10s to 100s of nanometers, the nanosheets are will act as antibacterial and therapeutic nano-adhesive plasters for organs. This review article discusses characteristics of nanosheet technology, mechanical properties, and its latest biomedical and health-care applications (for example, tissue engineering and bioelectronic devices).
On the cover of this edition’s journal is a photo of an ultra-conformable conductive nanosheet bridging LED on human skin developed by the Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology, a partner institution under the Top Global University Project. This design was inspired by the Summer Triangle, connecting constellations with vertices at Altair, Deneb, and Vega, to illustrate the material’s flexibility and anticipation for future development in bioelectronics, advancing medical technology. The photo was taken and edited by graduate students Kento Yamagishi, Marin Okamoto, and Daichi Someya in Professor Takeoka’s laboratory.
- Development of free-standing polymer nanosheets for advanced medical and healthcare applications T. Fujie, Polymer Journal (Focus Review), Polymer Journal, 48(7), 773-780 (2016). DOI:10.1038/pj.2016.38
- Research team produces nanosheets that prevent intestinal adhesion during surgery