Extreme medical emergencies will often require major procedures. Sometimes, they call for replacement organs, which can now be lab-grown. While they may be effective, they aren’t always practical. Luckily, researchers from Fudan University have created bendable batteries that are implantable in humans.
The team created two flexible design batteries; one being a “2D” belt comprised of electrode films over a steel mesh, and the other being a carbon nanotube fibre weave with nanoparticle electrodes – both of which “showed excellent performance”.
Most lithium-ion batteries used in implants are flammable and pose safety hazards. The new flexible material is completely non-toxic and is safe to use on the brain. It can help restore the mobility of patients with spinal injuries, among other things.
The carbon nanotube in the battery converted dissolved oxygen into hydroxide ions at an accelerated rate which can starve cancerous cells.
Yes, you heard right — the batteries can treat cancer. Electrodes on the mechanism can tackle places that are difficult for injectable drugs to reach. But as with everything experimental, we have to play the waiting game, as the batteries are not yet available. On the bright side, most discoveries are occurring consecutively, which means they could go commercial sooner than we think.