Researchers Develop Nanoparticle to Heal Burnt Skin

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 09:58

Pakistani researchers have developed a nanoparticle that re-generates and heal burnt skin.

Researchers from Inter-disciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) established at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) have reached to this achievement, Business Recorder reports. The new skin-substitute also supports regeneration of blood vessels – a process called angiogenesis.

Dr. Muhammad Yar, a leader of scientists that went on to develop this trailblazing technology has said this product has been successfully tested on egg shells and rat skin and it has the potential to vanquish previous products available in market.

The research has been published in Materials and Design journal. Higher Education Commission funded the research by granting Rs14 million under its Technology Development Fund.

The most challenging part of research was the development of an inexpensive but effective synthetic skin for burn patients. This was made possible by using indigenous materials, Dar Yar said.

After the hydrogel was prepared it was sprayed with zinc peroxide and zinc oxide. The nanoparticles of zinc peroxide and zinc oxide promote bioactivity while occupying a small area. Reason why zinc metal oxides were used is because zinc peroxide is affordable and widely used in manufacture of medicines. Zincoxide on other hand is a known antibacterial agent.

The hydrogel went through several biological and chemical tests. After clearing these tests, experiments were carried out on egg shells and rat skin.

“It has worked perfectly on standard animal models by healing wounds. The next step is to pass human trials,” he said. The concluded results showed that the product greatly promoted angiogenesis activity nurturing generation of new blood vessels.

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