Science for the Public 2/04/14. Javier Fernandez, PhD, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. Plastic has become an environmental and health hazard. Dr. Fernández explains the challenge of developing innovative materials like shrilk, and the great many uses for this new material. Shrilk is modeled on natural compounds. It is biodegradable and also biocompatible, meaning it can be used in medical applications including surgery. Shrilk can be produced inexpensively and it can be molded into complex shapes varying in stiffness and elasticity.

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