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Experts create nephron-like device that mimics kidney ion transport

03-Jun-2020

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Chemical engineering researchers shed light to possible future for artificial kidneys.

They created a device able to filter blood in a way similar to biological nephrons.

Focusing on the ion transport function, mimicking it through a platinum porous mesh.

"The system could work as a stand-alone device or in conjunction with peritoneal dialysis.

Minor modifications enable it to function as a wearable, potentially implantable artificial kidney.

Nephron could be combined with ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, or reverse osmosis systems.

And then integrated into an artificial kidney.

In US, over 93,000 people are currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Tech won't come in the near future but a piece of the complex puzzle already solved.

Researchers from University of Arkansas, published in Nature Communications Materials.

Implantable artificial kidneys brought one step closer with this tech

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Associate professor of chemical engineering, University of Arkansas

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Selective open access journal from Nature Research

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Public research university, Arkansas