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An elastic second skin

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Materials, May 2016
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261 news outlets
22 blogs
113 tweeters
14 Facebook pages
20 Google+ users
1 Redditor
1 video uploader


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An elastic second skin
Published in
Nature Materials, May 2016
DOI 10.1038/nmat4635
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Betty Yu, Soo-Young Kang, Ariya Akthakul, Nithin Ramadurai, Morgan Pilkenton, Alpesh Patel, Amir Nashat, Daniel G. Anderson, Fernanda H. Sakamoto, Barbara A. Gilchrest, R. Rox Anderson, Robert Langer, Yu, Betty, Kang, Soo-Young, Akthakul, Ariya, Ramadurai, Nithin, Pilkenton, Morgan, Patel, Alpesh, Nashat, Amir, Anderson, Daniel G, Sakamoto, Fernanda H, Gilchrest, Barbara A, Anderson, R Rox, Langer, Robert


We report the synthesis and application of an elastic, wearable crosslinked polymer layer (XPL) that mimics the properties of normal, youthful skin. XPL is made of a tunable polysiloxane-based material that can be engineered with specific elasticity, contractility, adhesion, tensile strength and occlusivity. XPL can be topically applied, rapidly curing at the skin interface without the need for heat- or light-mediated activation. In a pilot human study, we examined the performance of a prototype XPL that has a tensile modulus matching normal skin responses at low strain (<40%), and that withstands elongations exceeding 250%, elastically recoiling with minimal strain-energy loss on repeated deformation. The application of XPL to the herniated lower eyelid fat pads of 12 subjects resulted in an average 2-grade decrease in herniation appearance in a 5-point severity scale. The XPL platform may offer advanced solutions to compromised skin barrier function, pharmaceutical delivery and wound dressings.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 2%
Spain 2 <1%
India 2 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 227 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 68 28%
Researcher 53 22%
Student > Master 26 11%
Student > Bachelor 24 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 16 7%
Other 56 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 45 19%
Chemistry 43 18%
Materials Science 40 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 29 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 21 9%
Other 65 27%

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