CerMet technology from Heraeus could make an important contribution to the miniaturization of medical implants used in the heart, brain, eye or ear. This will make it possible to develop new applications for use in minimally invasive surgery to treat medical conditions, particularly in the area of nerve and brain stimulation.
The strong, high-density and extremely robust CerMet material is a combination of tiny platinum and aluminum oxide particles. With the CerMet technology, the size of the electrical interface of the implant with the body can be reduced significantly. At the same time, a considerably higher number of channels or conducting paths can be integrated.
Thanks to the innovative Heraeus material system made of ceramic and platinum (CerMet), smaller, more robust and more advanced electrical feedthroughs from the implant to the body can be produced. This is possible thanks to small-scaled conductive paths with a diameter of only 0.15 millimeters – as fine as a piece of paper.
Best Heraeus Product Innovation 2015: Dr. Robert Dittmer, Jens Trötzschel and Ulrich Hausch (from the left) from Heraeus Medical Components convinced the jury at the Heraeus Innovation Award 2015 with the CerMet technology.
Infographics about the CerMet technology