Recent innovations in artificial skin

Zhi Wei Kenny Low, Zibiao Li, Cally Owh, Pei Lin Chee, Enyi Ye, Kai Dan, Siew Yin Chan, David James Young, Xian Jun Loh

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    The skin is a "smart", multifunctional organ that is protective, self-healing and capable of sensing and many forms of artificial skins have been developed with properties and functionalities approximating those of natural skin. Starting from specific commercial products for the treatment of burns, progress in two fields of research has since allowed these remarkable materials to be viable skin replacements for a wide range of dermatological conditions. This review maps out the development of bioengineered skin replacements and synthetic skin substitutes, including electronic skins. The specific behaviors of these skins are highlighted, and the performances of both types of artificial skins are evaluated against this. Moving beyond mere replication, highly advanced artificial skin materials are also identified as potential augmented skins that can be used as flexible electronics for health-care monitoring and other applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)776-797
    Number of pages22
    JournalBiomaterials Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2020


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