Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber

Spectroscopic ellipsometry modelling of Au/PDMS heteronanostructures. (WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2017)

Spectroscopic ellipsometry modelling of Au/PDMS heteronanostructures. (WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2017)

April 8, 2018 | Source: University of Basel, unibas.ch, 13 June 2017, Bert Müller

Flexible electronic parts could significantly improve medical implants. However, electroconductive gold atoms usually hardly bind to silicones. Researchers from the University of Basel have now been able to modify short-chain silicones in a way, that they build strong bonds to gold atoms. Thus, for the first time, ultra-thin conductive layers on silicone rubber can be built.