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Natural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers

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.


Graduate biomaterials researchers and biomedical engineers with some medical device designers.

Hardbound, 420 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-396983-5


  • "Overall, the book is of very great interest to a wide audience interacting with polymers, including chemists, biologists, and material scientists.", July 2014

    "Each chapter has a detailed table of contents. The text is generally well supported with figures and tables. Original literature is extensively cited. A useful index is provided. Overall, the book provides a concise introduction to biomedical polymers. It is hardbound and produced to a good quality."--Biotechnology Advances, 32, 2014


  • Section 1. Synthesis and Characterization
    1.1. Polymer Synthesis: the design and synthesis of important classes of polymeric biomaterials involving different monomers will be discussed.
    1.2. Characterization of Polymeric Biomaterials: in vitro and in vivo characterization of advanced biomaterials, (cell and tissue interactions with polymeric biomaterials with various physico-chemical, mechanical properties, surface and degradation properties
    Section 2. Currently Used Materials
    2.1. Proteins and poly(amino acids) including collagen, poly(amino acids), elastin and elastin-like polypeptides, albumin, and fibrin
    2.2. Polysaccharides including hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, chitin and chitosan, and alginic acid
    2.3. Poly(α-ester)s including polylactides, polyglycolide, poly(lactide-co-glycolide), polycaprolactone, and bacterial polyesters
    2.4. Polyurethanes
    2.5. Poly(ester amide)
    2.6. Poly(ortho esters)
    2.7. Polyanhydrides
    2.8. Poly(propylene fumarate)
    2.9. Polyphosphazenes
    2.10. Pseudo poly(amino acid)s
    2.11. Polyphosphoester
    2.12. Polyacetals
    2.13. Poly(ethylene glycol)-based biomaterials
    2.14. Dendrimers
    2.15. Elastomers
    Section 3. Biomedical Applications of Polymeric Biomaterials
    3.1. Polymeric Biomaterials in Biomedical Implants
    3.2. Polymeric Biomaterials in Drug Delivery
    3.3. Polymeric Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering
    3.4. Polymeric Biomaterials in Medical Diagnostics


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