April 13, 2018
Here's some stimulating news — Giovanni Traverso, KI faculty member Robert Langer, and members of their research group have found that caffeine can take a different form than your morning cup of coffee. A new study in Biomaterials shows that caffeine can catalyze the formation of polymer materials and create gummy, biocompatible gels that could be used for drug delivery and other medical applications. Caffeine acts as a safer alternative to common and sometimes hazardous metal catalysts, and the gel-like texture makes it easy to chew or swallow, which could lead to better patient compliance for those who have difficulty swallowing pills. Read more.