Unique Polymer Tubes
July 4, 2014
A young researcher from the Łódź University of Technology in central Poland has developed and patented a method for the production of superflexible polymer tubes that promote the healing of damaged peripheral nerve tissue.
The researcher, Katarzyna Nawrotek, has found a cheap way to produce such tubes, which can also be used in medical dialysis processes, and has even designed a special machine for making them.
These inventions have won her a slew of awards at international innovation competitions.
Nawrotek’s polymer tubes are based on chitosan, a non-toxic organic substance that is a derivative of quinine, a natural white crystalline alkaloid with fever-reducing, antimalarial, painkilling, and anti-inflammatory properties. Among the many properties that make chitosan unique is the bioactivity of this polysaccharide, in particular its antibacterial effect.
During her work on the method for producing the polymer tubes, Nawrotek was helped by doctors Michał Tylman, Jacek Balcerzak and Kamil Kamiński.
Nawrotek was one of the winners of a national competition for Polish student inventors earlier this year. She also claimed a gold medal for her invention at the 42nd International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nawrotek was not the only Łódź University of Technology researcher who won a medal at Geneva. Other gold medal winners included a group of researchers made up of Prof. Andrzej Napieralski, Marek Kamiński, Ph.D., Prof. Jarosław Kasprzak, Piotr Lipiec, Ph.D., and Adam Skurski, M.Sc., for their method for fusing medical images and creating three-dimensional visual models of the left ventricle of the heart for use in heart disease diagnosis.
A team consisting of Prof. Andrzej Napieralski, Prof. Jolanta Kujawa, Tomasz Adamczewski, Ph.D., Bartosz Sakowicz, Ph.D., Robert Ritter and Aleksander Mielczarek won a silver medal for their innovative method of diagnosing cervical spine problems.