Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081021941, 9780081021958

Fundamental Biomaterials: Polymers

1st Edition

Editors: Sabu Thomas Preetha Balakrishnan M.S. Sreekala
eBook ISBN: 9780081021958
Paperback ISBN: 9780081021941
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd March 2018
Page Count: 352
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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


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


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About the Editors

Sabu Thomas Editor

Professor Thomas is the Director of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing and biomedical fields. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, CRSI medal and Sukumar Maithy award. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Professor Thomas has published over 720 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 54 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Wood head, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, Nova etc. He is the inventor of 4 patents. The h index of Prof. Thomas is 78 and has more than 26811 citations.Prof. Thomas has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. He has already supervised 74 Ph.D theses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Preetha Balakrishnan Editor

Preetha Balakrishnan is an INSPIRE doctoral Fellow. 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

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

M.S. Sreekala Editor

Dr. M S Sreekala is an Assistant Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Chemistry at Sree Sankara College Kalady, India. Dr. Sreekala specialises in polymer engineering and has 14 years’ experience in the field. She serves as a reviewer for several international journals, including the Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sree Sankara College, Kalady, India