PEEK Biomaterials Handbook

1st Edition

Authors: Steven Kurtz
Hardcover ISBN: 9781437744637
eBook ISBN: 9781437744644
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 9th November 2011
Page Count: 306
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Table of Contents



List of Contributors

Chapter 1. An Overview of PEEK Biomaterials

1.1. Introduction

1.2. What Is a Polymer?

1.3. What Is PEEK?

1.4. Crystallinity and PEEK

1.5. Thermal Transitions

1.6. PEEK Composites

1.7. Overview of This Handbook

Chapter 2. Synthesis and Processing of PEEK for Surgical Implants

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Synthesis of PAEKs

2.3. Nomenclature

2.4. Quality Systems for Medical Grade Resin Production

2.5. Processing of Medical Grade PEEK

2.6. Machining

2.7. Summary

Chapter 3. Compounds and Composite Materials

3.1. Introduction

3.2. What Is a Composite Material?

3.3. Additive Geometry, Volume, and Orientation Effects

3.4. Preparation of Materials

3.5. Processing to Make Parts

3.6. Biocompatibility of CFR PEEK

3.7. Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 4. Morphology and Crystalline Architecture of Polyaryletherketones

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Chain Architecture and Packing

4.3. Crystallization Behavior

4.4. Characterization Techniques

4.5. Structure Processing–Property Relationships

4.6. Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 5. Fracture, Fatigue, and Notch Behavior of PEEK

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Fracture and Fatigue of Materials

5.3. PEEK Fracture Studies

5.4. PEEK Notch Studies

5.5. Summary

Chapter 6. Chemical and Radiation Stability of PEEK

6.1. Introduction to Chemical Stability

6.2. Water Solubility

6.3. Thermal Stability

6.4. Steam Sterilization of PEEK

6.5. Radiation Stability: Implications for Gamma Sterilization and Postirradiation Aging

6.6. Summary

Chapter 7. Biocompatibility of Polyaryletheretherketone Polymers

7.1. Introduction</


PEEK biomaterials are currently used in thousands of spinal fusion patients around the world every year. Durability, biocompatibility and excellent resistance to aggressive sterilization procedures make PEEK a polymer of choice, replacing metal in orthopedic implants, from spinal implants and hip replacements to finger joints and dental implants.

This Handbook brings together experts in many different facets related to PEEK clinical performance as well as in the areas of materials science, tribology, and biology to provide a complete reference for specialists in the field of plastics, biomaterials, medical device design and surgical applications.

Steven Kurtz, author of the well respected UHMWPE Biomaterials Handbook and Director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University, has developed a one-stop reference covering the processing and blending of PEEK, its properties and biotribology, and the expanding range of medical implants using PEEK: spinal implants, hip and knee replacement, etc.

Key Features

  • Covering materials science, tribology and applications
  • Provides a complete reference for specialists in the field of plastics, biomaterials, biomedical engineering and medical device design and surgical applications


Plastics Engineers, Materials Engineers, Biomedical Engineers; Professionals in Spine and Orthopedic Industry and Academia; Teachers and Students of Biomaterials, Medical Device sector OEMs


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About the Authors

Steven Kurtz Author

Dr. Kurtz has been researching ultra-high molecular weight polyehtylene(UHMWPE) for use in orthopedics for over 10 years. He has published dozens of papers and several book chapters related to UHMWPE used in joint replacement. He has pioneered the development of new test methods for the material in orthopedics. Dr. Kurtz has authored national and international standards for medical upgrade UHMWPE. As a principle engineer at Exponent, an international engineering and scientific consulting company, his research on UHMWPE is supported by several major orthopedic manufacturers. He has funding from the National Institutes for Health to stdy UHMWPE changes after implanatation in the body, as well as to develop new computer-based tools to predict the performance of new UHMWPE materials. Dr. Kurtz is the Director of an orthopedic implant retrieval program in Philadelphia which is affiliated with Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University. He teaches classes on the performance of orthopedic polymers (including UHMWPE) at Drexel, Temple, and Princeton Universities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Implant Research Center and Associate Professor, Drexel University; Research Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA