Engineering a Self-Expandable Endovascular Embolization Device


Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Embolizations are a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used to treat a variety of conditions including arteriovenous malformations, hemorrhages, and aneurysms. The current gold standard device for performing embolizations is a platinum coil, which are very expensive and can lead to a variety of complications. For this project, we created a macroporous alginate-nanofiber composite cryogel device that surpasses platinum coils in the areas of cost, versatility, and ease of use, while at the same time matching the fast-acting and permanent nature of coils.

Dr. Hai-Quan Mao
Dr. Christos Georgiades
Dr. Chi Zhang

Team Members

  • Mathias Insley
  • Eric Lin

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