Bio-inspired Surfaces for Cardiac Implants

Today, modern science has made significant progress in the field of medicine, particularly in the development of advanced medical implants. These implants have revolutionized treatment options and improved the quality of life for many patients. However, along with these breakthroughs comes a hidden risk, described in medical terminology as thrombus development. A thrombus is a blood clot that forms within the blood vessels or heart. It occurs when blood platelets, proteins, and cells stick together, disrupting the flow of blood, and resulting in potential damage or serious conditions like stroke.

Despite technological advancements, the risk of thrombus formation persists, highlighting the need for further research and innovative solutions to mitigate this threat and ensure the safety of patients relying on medical implants for their health and well-being.

Inspired by the marvels of nature, we have developed a surface that repels blood, similar to how a lotus leaf sheds water droplets. Imagine a world where thrombus formation is a thing of the past. Drawing inspiration from nature’s Nepenthes pitcher plant, we have created a surface using a polymeric composite that repels blood, enhancing the long-term usability of medical implants and reducing the risk of thrombus formation. With this innovation, artificial heart devices and other cardiac implants such as stunts, pacemakers, or grafts can function more effectively, mitigating potential malfunctions and addressing various health issues.

Despite the efforts of researchers worldwide to fabricate these types of surfaces, there has yet to be any reported development on a commercial device.


Meet the Team

  • Himanshu

    Computer Science & Engg. (Year-II)
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Harnoor Kaur

    Computer Science & Engg. (Year-II)
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Pankaj Popli

    Research Scholar, Chitkara College of Pharmacy
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Dr. Sunita Mehta

    Assistant Professor, CURIN
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Dr. Sudesh Kumar Mittal

    Professor (Research), CURIN
    Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Dr. Rajan Swami

    Associate Professor, Chitkara College of Pharmacy
    Chitkara University, Punjab


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