Innovative Bandages Made of Starch Fibers are Sweet and Painless

May 02, 2012
Scientists at Pennsylvania State University developed a new way to turn starch into fine strands that can be combined to create bandages, tissues, napkins and other medical products.

Starch that can be found in such foods as corn and potatoes is among the most abundant and inexpensive natural materials that is not only easy on the environment, but also can lead to the development of medical bandages that do not require any removal.

Scientists used electrospinning device to create innovative starch fibers from starch solution that have potential industrial applications.

While currently available bandages are quite painful, when you have to remove them, starch bandages will dissolve into glucose that is easily absorbed by the body.