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Bioresorbable Conductive Wire with Minimal Metal Content



JulkaisuACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 18 joulukuuta 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli


The emergence of transient electronics has created the need for bioresorbable conductive wires for signal and energy transfer. We present a fully bioresorbable wire design where the conductivity is provided by only a few micrometers thick electron-beam evaporated magnesium layer on the surface of a polymer fiber. The structure is electrically insulated with an extrusion coated polymer sheath, which simultaneously serves as a water barrier for the dissolvable magnesium conductor. The resistance of the wires was approximately 1 Ω cm–1 and their functional lifetime in buffer solution was more than 1 week. These properties could be modified by using different conductor materials and film thicknesses. Furthermore, the flexibility of the wires enabled the fabrication of planar radio frequency (RF) coils, which were wirelessly measured. Such coils have the potential to be used as wireless sensors. The wire design provides a basis for bioresorbable wires in applications where only a minimal amount of metal is desired, for example, to avoid toxicity.


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