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


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About the author

Steven Kurtz

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