Two researchers in India are patenting a graphene sponge that could stop bleeding on a battlefield or a crime scene in less than 90 seconds.
M.S. Santosh and M.B. Divakara from the Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research and Consultancy at Jyothi Institute of Technology in south Bengaluru, India, have developed a carboxyl-linked graphene sponge. It’s called DAPGS and it’s similar to another sponge that’s already been supplied to the Indian army.
“As reported in The Times of India, Santosh says: ’On a battleground, let’s say a medic locates a wounded soldier soaked in blood. This hypothetical situation is exactly what we sought to deal with and provide a solution for.”
“In the article, Santosh adds: The unique feature of DAPGS, Santosh says, is not only that it inherits the remarkable liquid absorbability from the cross-linked graphene sponge, but also enhances the interfacial stimulating ability to blood cells.”
Because graphene is easily synthesized with amino acids, the life-saving battlefield tool has great potential for commercial viability.