Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber

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April 8, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: April 8 on

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.