Pacemakers are devices that monitor heart rhythm and aim to control the heart rate for precise and controlled blood pumps from the internal organ to the rest of the body. These devices help those with heart problems, especially those with weak hearts or those who are overworked due to illness.
Now researchers are focusing on providing better power sources, especially with sponge-like solar cells soon.
Solar cells for pacemakers: sponge-like material from research
(Photo: Tian Lab via University of Chicago)
A research by academics from the University of Chicago published their paper titled “Porosity-Based Heterojunctions Enable Lead-Free Optoelectronic Tissue Modulation,” with the goal of bringing a new medical implant for all.
The primary application of his research is in solar cell pacemakers to be used for his applications, focusing on a self-contained device for a person’s heart. Researcher’s border on the pores of the sponge can help develop “lead-free” technology that will penetrate a person’s body, obtaining energy from the Sun.
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Soon better pacemakers with clean energy?
According to the University of Chicago, the researcher’s study focuses on better pacemakers that will enter a person’s body and stay there for a long time. The researchers capitalized on the pores people see on the sponges, which will help provide power to the device.
It will also help to significantly reduce the size of the pacemaker and allow alternative power sources for the device. Sponge solar cells aim to change the procedure for installing pacemakers with a less invasive method, thanks to the study.
Pacemakers and its technology now
Heart failure stems from the many diseases that affect or target a person’s pumping organ, and it can stem from genetics or be acquired over the years of a person’s life. People with heart conditions who need pacemakers get the standard battery-powered devices with the device, which are designed to last up to 10 years.
There is a lot of research on improving current pacemaker technology, and some scientists have come up with a way to recharge it using heartbeats. It aims to reduce the need for the battery to last a long time, especially since not all batteries last up to their promised duration and must be replaced immediately.
Additionally, there is a “bionic” pacemaker that monitors a person’s breathing and heart rate in one device, and it will focus on providing the heart with what it needs when the body demands it.
Researchers at the University of Chicago aim to bring more than a medical device to everyone, as its solar cell technology that focuses on spores from a sponge could have multiple applications. Of course, their study focuses on the power supply of a pacemaker and its availability to those who need it, advancing the medical implant for those who need it.
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