Biomedical Polymers

Biomedical Polymers

1st Edition - August 6, 2007

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  • Editor: M Jenkins
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845693640

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Given the rapid development and use of biomaterials, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the structure, processing and properties of biomedical polymers and their medical applications. With its distinguished editor and team of international contributors, Biomedical Polymers reviews the latest research on this important group of biomaterials.The book discusses natural, synthetic, biodegradable and non bio-degradable polymers and their applications. Chapters review polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug delivery systems, the use of polymers in cell encapsulation, their role as replacement materials for heart valves and arteries, and their applications in joint replacement. The book also discusses the use of polymers in biosensor applications.Biomedical polymers is an essential reference for scientists and all those concerned with the development and use of this important group of biomaterials

Key Features

  • Reviews the latest research in this important group of biomaterials
  • Discusses natural, synthetic, biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymers and their applications
  • Examines the use of biomedical polymers in such areas as drug delivery systems and cell encapsulation


Scientists and all those concerned with the development and use of this important group of biomaterials

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering; Introduction to polymeric drug delivery systems; Hydrogels in cell encapsulation and tissue engineering; Biodegradable polymers for drug delivery systems; Polymers as replacement materials for heart valves and arteries; Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) in joint replacement; Polymers in biosensors; Tissue engineering using natural polymers.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 236
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2007
  • Published: August 6, 2007
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845693640

About the Editor

M Jenkins

Mike Jenkins is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham, UK. Dr. Jenkins has researched and published widely in the field of polymer science and has edited three books on the use of polymers in sport and biomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK

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