Ever wondered why plastics can save a person’s life?

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Tuesday February 2, 2021 - 7pm-8pm
Due to the prevailing corona measures this lecture will take place online. You will receive the link to the lecture once you are registered.


Prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe - Dept. Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry - RG Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials

Nowadays, plastics suffer from a negative connotation given environmental issues associated with microplastics polluting the ocean. However, biodegradable plastics, also referred to as polymers, can tackle these issues. What is more, polymers are a class of materials indispensable in human life. They are applied for many applications including automotive, furniture, clothes, food packaging, but even in health. Indeed, most implants currently applied in the hospital are polymer-based. In addition, polymers can even be applied to regenerate human tissue, which is thus an ideal alternative to tackle the current donor shortage.

The current talk will provide an overview of recent advances including 3D printing approaches to develop patient-specific implants which can interact with human tissue and enable tissue integration.

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This lecture forms part of a larger series organized within the scope of Public Outreach. In this manner we give you a taste of research conducted at the Faculty of Sciences. View the full program for 2020-2021.

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