When you get a cut, blood starts to flow from the wound. But very quickly, complex biochemical processes spring into action to stanch the flow. A team of MIT researchers has analyzed the process of blood clotting and found, for the first time, exactly how the different molecular components work together to block the flow of blood from a cut. Now, they are working on applying that knowledge to the development of synthetic materials that could be used to control different kinds of liquid flows, and could lead to a variety of new self-assembling materials. The research was published this week in the online journal Nature Communications, in a paper co-authored by MIT assistant professor of materials science and engineering Alfredo Alexander-Katz, graduate student Hsieh Chen, and six other researchers in the United States, Germany and Austria.
Hsieh Chen studies the mechanism of blood clotting
February 5, 2013