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Versatility of Silicone for Electronics in Medical Devices

Since the first use of silicone for medical applications in the 1950s, this material’s chemical stability, physical strengths, and bioinertness have proven it a valuable candidate for medical device applications. Best of all, silicones are so dynamic they can be formulated to achieve specific performance, aesthetic, or therapeutic properties that aren’t inherently available with silicone elastomer chemistry alone. Additionally, traditional applications such as pacemakers, cochlear implants or other devices that rely on electronics or battery use may benefit from a silicone component with a conductive feature. While the use of fillers is not new to silicone chemistry, the quality and grade of fillers used for customizing silicone are collectively subjected to numerous biological tests to prove biocompatibility. This presentation will cover all of these examples in greater detail in order convey how versatile silicone is, namely as regards using electronics in medical device applications.