Gold Nanoparticle-Doped Biocompatible Silk Films as a Path to Implantable Thermal-electrically Wireless Powering Devices
Tufts researchers have developed silk-based photothermal devices capable of wirelessly converting light energy into heat. These devices are mechanically robust, implantable, biocompatible and biodegradable, which makes them useful for a wide range of in vivo applications including photothermal therapy, controlled drug delivery, wireless powering of implanted devices, wound healing, pain relief, and targeted destruction of cell/bacteria.
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US Patent 9,517,357, Issued December 13, 2016