Mark Grinstaff Featured in Chemical & Engineering News
When doctors need to change the dressing on a severe second degree burn, they often have to pull off the bandage and scrape the wound to remove any dead tissue. Because the nerves are still active in second degree burns, removing the bandage can be so painful that children who are burn victims are often anesthetized to make the dressing changes less traumatic.
Boston University chemistry professor Mark W. Grinstaff heard about this problem and reasoned he could come up with a better bandage. At the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia, Grinstaff presented a gel-like dressing material that dissolves on demand with the simple addition of a thiol.
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