Possible applications are semipermeable membranes for water treatment and desalination plants as well as for nanofiltration and for proton exchangers in fuel cells, batteries and electrodes. It is also possible to use the hydrogels as an replacement material for skin, cartilage or bones, whereby the properties and the structure of the new hydrogels can be adjust very similar to those of the natural substances. The materials are biocompatible and show good cell adhesion. Finally, the hydrogels can also be used as drug delivery Systems.
- Ultrastiff Hydrogel (up to 400 MPa)
- Very tough
- Mechanical properties adjustable
- Optical properties adjustable (from white to transparent)
- No need for supporting structures
An European patent application for this invention has been filed at the end of 2016.
Extensive experimental data on the invention are available. On behalf of the
TU Dortmund, PROvendis is seeking a licensee for the new technology.
N. Rauner et al.: “Enzymatic mineralization generates ultrastiff and tough hydrogels with tunable mechanics”, Nature 2017, doi:10.1038/nature21392.