Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers

Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers

1st Edition - March 20, 2018

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  • Editors: Sabu Thomas, Preetha Balakrishnan, M.S. Sreekala
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021958
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021941

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Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers provides current information on findings and developments of biopolymers and their conversion from base materials to medical devices. Chapters analyze the types of polymers and discuss a range of biomedical applications. It is the first title in a three volume set, with each reviewing the most important and commonly used classes of biomaterials and providing comprehensive information on classification, materials properties, behavior, biocompatibility and applications. The book concludes with essential information on wear, lifetime prediction and cytotoxicity of biomaterials. This title will be of use to researchers and professionals in development stages, but will also help medical researchers understand and effectively communicate the requirements of a biomaterial for a specific application. Further, with the recent introduction of a number of interdisciplinary bio-related undergraduate and graduate programs, this book will be an appropriate reference volume for large number of students at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Key Features

  • Provides current information on findings and developments of biopolymers and their conversion from base materials to medical devices
  • Includes analyses of the types of polymers and a discussion of a range of biomedical applications
  • Presents essential information on wear, lifetime prediction and cytotoxicity of biomaterials
  • Explores both theoretical and practical aspects of polymers in biomaterials


Materials scientists, biomedical engineers, and chemists working in the field of soft-matter, biomaterials and stem cells for tissue engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Polymeric Biomaterials: state of the art and new challenges
    2. Polysaccharides as Biomaterials (Cellulose Chitin and chitosan Starch based Biodegradable polymers)
    3. Natural Rubber as biomaterials
    4. Silicon Rubber as biomaterials
    5. Synthetic biodegradable polymers for biomedical application
    6. Polymeric Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery of Bioactive Agents and Drugs
    7. Evolution of Current and Future Concepts of Biocompatibility Testing
    8. Polymer-Based Colloidal Aggregates as a New Class of Drug Delivery Systems
    9. Plasma Polymerization and Plasma Modification of Surfaces for Biomaterials Applications
    10. Smart polymers as Biomaterials
    11. Polymeric biomaterials for organ regeneration
    12. Polymeric Micelles as Pharmaceutical Carriers. Polymeric Vesicles
    13. Natural Polymers as Components of Blends for Biomedical Applications
    14. Biodegradable Polymeric Composite Scaffolds to Regenerate Bone Tissue
    15. Textile Based Biomaterials for Surgical Applications
    16. Polymeric Micro and Nanoparticles as Drug Carriers
    17. Polymers Scaffolds
    18. Synthetic Polymeric Membranes: Classification, Preparation, Structure and Transport Mechanisms
    19. Physicochemical Characteristics of Biopolymers
    20. In Vivo Biocompatibility Studies: Perspectives on the Evaluation of Biomedical Polymer Biocompatibility
    21. Applications of Synthetic Polymeric Biomaterials in Medicine and Biotechnology
    22. Engineering polymers for heart valve replants and for artificial hip joints
    23. Wear and fatigue behaviour of polymeric biomaterials
    24. Life cycle analysis of polymeric biomaterials
    25. Cytotoxicity of polymeric materials

Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: March 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021958
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021941

About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Prof. Sabu Thomas, an outstanding Alumnus of IIT, Kharagpur, is one of India’s most renowned scientists in the area of Polymers. After completing his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur (1984-1987), he joined MG University as a Lecturer in 1997 and later became its Vice Chancellor. He has taken up a large number of visiting assignments abroad. Under his leadership, the University has been ranked 713th by TIMES, 30th in NIRF and the best University inKerala. He has supervised 120 Ph.D. students, authored 1,300 publications and edited 150 books earning him a H-index of 112 and 60,000 citations. He has received Honoris Causa degrees from Russia and France and obtained grants amounting to Rs. 30 crores for research funding from India and abroad. He has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists and 2nd in India by the Stanford University Ranking in Polymers. He was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Considering his excellent contributions in teaching, research and administration, Prof. Thomas is the best candidate for the outstanding Alumnus award of IIT KGP.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Director of the School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Preetha Balakrishnan

Preetha Balakrishnan is Principal Scientist at ADSO Naturals Private Limited, Banglore, Karnataka, India. Her area of interest is Polymer Science incorporating Nano materials, and topic of research is Starch based nanocomposites at IIUCNN, M.G. University, Kottayam, in the group of Prof. Sabu Thomas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist, ADSO Naturals Private Limited, Banglore, Karnataka, India

M.S. Sreekala

Dr M.S. Sreekala is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Postgraduate Research Department of Chemistry, Sree Sankara College, Kalady, India. Her research interests include polymer composites, biodegradable and green composites, and thermosetting materials. She has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has edited 6 books. Dr. Sreekala received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany, and conducted research at the Institute for Composite Materials, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was also awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan, and conducted research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Japan. She has organized many national and international conferences and delivered invited talks at many international conferences within India and abroad.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Post Graduate Department of Chemistry, Sree Sankara College Kalady, Kalady, Kerala, India

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