Maricely Ramirez is a recent graduate from the UPRM Chemical Engineering department. She was part of the first Soft Matter class in 2015 and her proposed project, Burnflex, has been in development since 2016. Burnflex aims to be a “first aid in a bottle” by combining different polymers and other materials to have a “foam-gel” delivery mechanism that allows the user to have a hands-free application that protects and promotes healing of the affected area by forming a flexible film. This would decrease the need of gauzes, bandages and other traditional treatments for wounds. At the moment, it’s the main goal is to treat first and second-degree burns, which are one of the main causes of death and disfiguration in low-income countries with little access to healthcare. With continued support from the Soft Matter Innovation Lab and the UPRM Center for Business, Burnflex has competed internationally and has gathered positive feedback among the entrepreneurship community in Puerto Rico, USA and Chile due to its time-saving and cost reducing implications.
Maricely is set to begin her graduate degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey this Fall where she hopes to further develop technology that will have applications in wound treatment as part of her research.