DEE’s Pride: Faculty member featured in SoKor local news

Who would have thought that researching syringes would land you on the local news? 

Yes, you heard it right!

Asst. Prof. Karen-Christian C. Agno, a faculty member at the Department of Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering student at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST).  

In an article on Biomedical Research, Asst. Prof. Agno said that the “transformative IV needle” because the hardness of the needles changes after contact with biological tissue. IV needles available in the market are traditionally made using stainless steel metal and plastic. These materials are incompatible with human tissue.

The new transformative IV needle is made from gallium, a melting with low melting point. At body temperature, gallium melts, which means the needle will melt after contact. 

The results of the research were published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal. The journal “aspires to be the most prominent publishing venue in biomedical engineering.” Its 5-year Impact Factor (one metric used for journals) is 29.234.

Because of the breakthrough research, Asst. Prof. Agno was featured in various South Korean local media outlets such as Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), and YTN.  | Edward Joseph H. Maguindayao, November 2023 

Agno, K. (2023, November 1). Transformative IV needle: A needle that softens via body temperature. Biomedical Research Community.
Agno, KC., Yang, K., Byun, SH. et al. A temperature-responsive intravenous needle that irreversibly softens on insertion. Nat. Biomed. Eng (2023). 
YTN. (2023, November 19). [자막뉴스] 순식간에 “흐물흐물”. . . 형태 변하는 주삿바늘 등장 / YTN [Video]. YouTube. 
Aims & Scope | Nature Biomedical Engineering. (n.d.). Nature.

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