Biodegradable materials for sustainable health monitoring devices

Hosseini, E. S., Dervin, S., Ganguly, P. and Dahiya, R. (2021) Biodegradable materials for sustainable health monitoring devices. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 4(1), pp. 163-194. (doi: 10.1021/acsabm.0c01139)

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Abstract

The recent advent of biodegradable materials has offered huge opportunity to transform healthcare technologies by enabling sensors that degrade naturally after use. The implantable electronic systems made from such materials eliminate the need for extraction or reoperation, minimize chronic inflammatory responses, and hence offer attractive propositions for future biomedical technology. The eco-friendly sensor systems developed from degradable materials could also help mitigate some of the major environmental issues by reducing the volume of electronic or medical waste produced and, in turn, the carbon footprint. With this background, herein we present a comprehensive overview of the structural and functional biodegradable materials that have been used for various biodegradable or bioresorbable electronic devices. The discussion focuses on the dissolution rates and degradation mechanisms of materials such as natural and synthetic polymers, organic or inorganic semiconductors, and hydrolyzable metals. The recent trend and examples of biodegradable or bioresorbable materials-based sensors for body monitoring, diagnostic, and medical therapeutic applications are also presented. Lastly, key technological challenges are discussed for clinical application of biodegradable sensors, particularly for implantable devices with wireless data and power transfer. Promising perspectives for the advancement of future generation of biodegradable sensor systems are also presented.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ganguly, Ms Priyanka and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Dervin, Miss Saoirse
Authors: Hosseini, E. S., Dervin, S., Ganguly, P., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:ACS Applied Bio Materials
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:2576-6422
ISSN (Online):2576-6422
Published Online:23 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society
First Published:First published in ACS Applied Bio Materials 4(1): 163-194
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering