Researchers in Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science have developed a new kind of shape memory polymer (SMP) — a soft and “smart” material that changes in shape in response to external stimuli like light and temperature. In collaboration with counterparts at Bucknell University, SU researchers designed a SMP that changes shape in response to exposure to enzymes and is compatible with living cells, so it can respond to activities like healing. Because the material has important biomedical applications, the researchers’ findings could have major implications for the world of healthcare.
Syracuse University is a member of NYSERNet’s R&E network. Read more about the study here: https://news.syr.edu/blog/2019/02/25/new-material-developed-at-syracuse-university-is-a-biomedical-breakthrough/