"What's unique about this material is that it's electroactive -- meaning that if you warm it up, if you push on it, if you apply any load on it, even if you just blow on it -- it actually generates voltage," Siochi added. And yes, body temperature is enough to activate it, helping to bond wounds.
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NASA created a process to apply voltage as the polymer is ejected from a syringe. This creates a fiber. If the fibers are aligned correctly, cells on a wound use it as a scaffold, helping the wound to heal faster, early research shows. One easy way of aligning them would be to put them in a gauze or bandage, which also protects the wound to reduce infection, Siochi said.
"The new apparatus provides a simple and inexpensive means of producing fibers and mats of controlled fiber diameter, porosity, and thickness," NASA wrote in a statement.
You can read more about the technology at the NASA Technology Transfer website.
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