These hydrogel bandages have been created by a team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University as an eco-friendly and beneficial healthcare product that makes use of an unlikely material. The bandages are made using discarded durian husks along with glycerol that could be placed overtop of wounds to help offer antimicrobial effects. This would eliminate the need for others on the market that are crafted using polymers that aren't capable of biodegrading after use.
Professor William Chen, head of the project behind the hydrogel bandages, spoke on the initiative saying, "By using waste products which are currently discarded in large quantities – durian husks and glycerol – we could turn waste into a valuable biomedical resource that can enhance the speedy recovery of wounds and reduce chances of infections."
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