Natural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123972906
  • ISBN-13: 9780123972903
  • DDC: 610.28
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 420 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released July 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Polymers are important and attractive biomaterials for researchers and clinical applications due to the ease of tailoring their chemical, physical and biological properties for target devices. Due to this versatility they are rapidly replacing other classes of biomaterials such as ceramics or metals. As a result, the demand for biomedical polymers has grown exponentially and supports a diverse and highly monetized research community. Currently worth $1.2bn in 2009 (up from $650m in 2000), biomedical polymers are expected to achieve a CAGR of 9.8% until 2015, supporting a current research community of approximately 28,000+. Summarizing the main advances in biopolymer development of the last decades, this work systematically covers both the physical science and biomedical engineering of the multidisciplinary field. Coverage extends across synthesis, characterization, design consideration and biomedical applications. The work supports scientists researching the formulation of novel polymers with desirable physical, chemical, biological, biomechanical and degradation properties for specific targeted biomedical applications.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Polymer Synthesis and Processing.
2: Hierarchical Characterization of Biomedical Polymers.
3: Proteins and Poly(Amino Acids).
4: Natural Polymers.
5: Chitosan as a Biomaterial: Structure, Properties, and Applications in Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery.
6: Poly(α-ester)s.
7: Polyurethanes.
8: Poly(Ester Amide)s: Recent Developments on Synthesis and Applications.
9: Progress in Functionalized Biodegradable Polyesters.
10: Polyanhydrides.
11: Polyphosphazenes.
12: Pseudo Poly(Amino Acids) Composed of Amino Acids Linked by Nonamide Bonds such as Esters, Imino Carbonates, and Carbonates.
13: Polyacetals.
14: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering for Soft Tissue Reconstruction.
15: Dendrimers and Its Biomedical Applications.
16: Design Strategies and Applications of Citrate-Based Biodegradable Elastomeric Polymers.
17: Nucleic Acid Aptamers for Biomaterials Development.
18: Biomedical Applications of Nondegradable Polymers.
19: Polymeric Biomaterials for Implantable Prostheses.
20: Polymeric Materials in Drug Delivery.
21: Polymeric Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
22: Polymeric Biomaterials for Medical Diagnostics in the Central Nervous System.
23: Polymeric Biomaterials in Nanomedicine.