Dr. Li from the University of IL has developed PEG gel and PDMS networks that have mechanophore’s embedded in them and has developed a method of using Ultrasound technique to activate the mechanophores. The invention would be useful for non-invasive procedures and allow for stimulation of neurons by illuminating the mechanophore with ultrasound waves.
Drs. Eden, Boppart and Nguyen from the University of Illinois have developed a microplasma-integrated otoscope for non-invasive treatment of chronic ear infections. Compatible with commercial otoscopes, this technology enables microplasma treatment of antiobiotic-resistant inner ear biofilms associated with recurrent ear infections with a standard medical instrument.
The otoscope specula are fitted with microchannels that deliver oxidizing microplasma to the biofilm in the middle ear, rendering it susceptible to antibiotic treatment that is otherwise ineffective. This method of treatment circumvents the need for invasive surgical procedures.