May 13, 2017 05:45 AM EDT
Patients requiring electric stimulation on major organs are safer now with the non-battery medical human body implantables. These life changing devices which saved so many lives in the past is now safer without an electronic dry cell inside the body. It is even more efficient as it draws power from ions of the host's bodily fluids.
The non-battery medical implantable is called a biological supercapacitor. The device is harmless to the body since it does not have any toxic chemicals in it. The gadget has a lifetime longevity period since no replacement is necessary, thereby sparing patients of repeated painful open surgery and threats of infection.
Researchers from the UCLA led by Richard Kaner and the University of Connecticut, led by James Rusling, both distinguished professors of chemistry and biology, created a device that no longer requires the toxic and leak-prone batteries. The non-battery medical human body implantables draw its power from electrolytes of fluids that are abundant in urine, serum, or blood.
The gadget has an energy harvester that harnesses charged ions and converts the motion of particles into electricity that supplies the biological supercapacitor. The electric energy has the same principle with a self-charging watch that collects its electrical energy from the body's movements, reports Global Specs.
Conventional implanted pacemakers have a thickness of six mm to eight mm thick for the batteries to fit in neatly. Non-battery medical human body implantables does not need any batteries making it a one-micrometer wonder.
According to Kaner, graphene, a carbon nanomaterial makes up the composition of the biological supercapacitor coated with engineered protein acting as the electrode. This protein laced electrode makes it a medium to which energy from the harvester passes through to the non-battery medical body implantable, reports Physics.org.
The future is bright and pacing as this could also guide the direction for the next generation models of the non-battery medical body implantables. Kaner and Rusling's research aims to efficiently capture and deliver harnessed electrical energy that will improve the slow state of present capacitors working on implants.
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