Wound management using porous silicon

Steven J.P. McInnes, Christopher T. Turner, Allison J. Cowin, Nicolas H. Voelcker

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Wound healing is a critically important but biochemically complex process often requiring intense or prolonged medical intervention to achieve effective clinical outcomes. The increasing prevalence of chronic nonhealing wounds places a significant burden on a patient's quality of life as well as large financial strain on healthcare providers, especially as the treatment options are limited. There is strong potential for "smart" bandages with the ability to both diagnose and deliver therapies to chronic wounds. The potential uses and development of porous silicon structures and devices with regard to biomarker detection, temperature and pH monitoring, infection control, and therapeutic delivery to wounds are extensively reviewed here and a future perspective on the advantages of progressing to theranostic wound dressings is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Porous Silicon
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
EditorsLeigh Canham
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319713816, 9783319713809
ISBN (Print)9783319713793
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute wounds
  • Bacterial detection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Biomarkers for ischemic chronic wounds
  • Biomolecule detection system
  • Chronic wound monitoring
  • Chronic wounds
  • Clotting
  • Hemostasis
  • Ischemia
  • Matrix metalloproteinase
  • Moisture sensors
  • Nitric oxide
  • Odor sensors
  • pH sensors
  • Photoluminescence
  • Porous silicon
  • Protease activity detection
  • Small interfering RNA (siRNA)
  • Temperature sensors
  • Thermally hydrocarbonized pSi
  • Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)
  • Wound repair

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