A wide range of different materials are used in medical technology. Some of them are considered "smart materials". They are given this name because of various properties that are added to them in the manufacturing process. You can find out what these can be in the interviews in our Special in May.
In future, a new patch could be used after intestinal surgery to prevent leakage into the abdominal cavity. In this video interview, Dr. Alexandre Anthis from ETH Zurich explains the advantages of the hydrogel patch, both from a medical and an economic point of view.