- Print ISBN 9780123969835
- Electronic ISBN 9780123972903
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.
"Overall, the book is of very great interest to a wide audience interacting with polymers, including chemists, biologists, and material scientists."--Biomat.net, 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