Project Overview

Adhesives for silicone facial and body prosthetics often fail due to sweat, skin oils, movement, they deteriorate the prosthesis due to their solvent system or they are troublesome due to the need for perfect placement of the prosthesis on the first try. A 2-component fast cure(1-2 min) tacky gel that elongates with skin movement beneath the nasal/facial prosthesis is desired. Or, a one component air cure system would be even better. The ideal material would not run, would be light weight, perhaps even aerated so it would be compressible. As the prosthesis was positioned the skin contact areas would compress to a thin film of adhesive and non-contact areas or voids would remain foam-filled-like. Ideally the material would set to the extent that it would ultimately adhere preferentially to itself and peel as a mass from the skin and prosthesis. In my view such a product would benefit prosthetics and wound care.

Project Status

The team has finished making several prototypes and is preparing for the final presentation.

Final Blister Pack Design

Applying the two component adhesive to a piece of artificial skin made from silicon.

Presentations and Reports

Mid-semester Presentation (Oct 18 2007, 824 kb)

Project Design Specifications (Oct 23 2007, 83 kb)

Mid-semester Paper (Oct 24 2007, 920 kb)

Final Paper (Dec 12 2007, 2019 kb)

Contact Information

Project Team
  • Nicole Daehn – Co-leader
  • Lindsey Carlson – Co-leader
  • Matthew Kudek – Communications
  • Paul Schildgen – BSAC
  • Chris Walker – BWIG
Project Advisor and Client
  • Professor Willis Tompkins, PhD – Biomedical Engineering Professor
  • Greg Gion – Client