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Biotechnology & medicine

Thanh Duc Nguyen

Transforming biodegradable surgical-suture polymers into special forms/shapes with “smart” functions for medical applications
Thanh Duc Nguyen

Year Honored
2019

Organization
University of Connecticut

Region
Asia Pacific

Hails From
Vietnam

Than Duc Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut (UConn, USA). His research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of biomedicine, materials and nano/micro technology. He has invented a platform technology which can create 3D microstructures of biodegradable polymers for applications in vaccine/drug delivery and medical implants. Recently, he has worked on a novel biodegradable piezoelectric polymer which can be used for monitoring biophysiological pressures and stimulating tissue growth. Nguyen’s works have been published in prestigious journals (e.g. Science, PNAS etc.) and highlighted in major media (e.g. The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC News etc.). He received several prestigious awards including the NIH Trailblazer Award for Young and Early Investigators, and the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.