Smart Polymers and their Applications

1st Edition

Editors: Maria Rosa Aguilar J.S. Román
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857096951
eBook ISBN: 9780857097026
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 7th February 2014
Page Count: 584
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Description

Smart polymers are polymers that respond to different stimuli or changes in the environment. Smart Polymers and their Applications reviews the types, synthesis, properties, and applications of smart polymers.

Chapters in part one focus on types of polymers, including temperature-, pH-, photo-, and enzyme-responsive polymers. Shape memory polymers, smart polymer hydrogels, and self-healing polymer systems are also explored. Part two highlights applications of smart polymers, including smart instructive polymer substrates for tissue engineering; smart polymer nanocarriers for drug delivery; the use of smart polymers in medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, diagnosis, and other applications; and smart polymers for bioseparation and other biotechnology applications. Further chapters discuss the use of smart polymers for textile and packaging applications, and for optical data storage.

Smart Polymers and their Applications is a technical resource for chemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other professionals in the polymer industry; manufacturers in such sectors as medical, automotive, and aerospace engineering; and academic researchers in polymer science.

Key Features

  • Reviews the different types of smart polymer, discussing their properties, structure, design, and characterization
  • Reviews applications of smart polymers in such areas as biomedical engineering, textiles, and food packaging

Readership

Researchers working in the fields of materials sciences, drug delivery, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, soft matter, and polymer science/engineering; Chemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other professionals in the polymer industry; Companies and research groups interested in implementing and performing research in the field of responsive materials

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to smart polymers and their applications

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Types of smart polymer

1.3 Applications of smart polymers

1.4 Conclusion

1.5 Acknowledgments

1.6 References

Part I: Types of smart polymer

2. Temperature-responsive polymers: properties, synthesis and applications

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Basic principles of temperature-responsive polymers in aqueous solution

2.3 Key types of temperature-responsive polymers in aqueous solution

2.4 Selected applications of thermoresponsive polymers

2.5 Conclusion

2.6 Future trends

2.7 References

3. pH-responsive polymers: properties, synthesis and applications

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Key types and properties of pH-responsive polymers

3.3 Synthesis of pH-responsive polymers

3.4 Different methodologies for the preparation of pH-responsive polymers

3.5 Different architectures of pH-responsive polymers

3.6 Applications

3.7 Conclusion

3.8 Future trends

3.9 References

3.10 Appendix: abbreviations

4. Photo-responsive polymers: properties, synthesis and applications

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Chromophores and their light-induced molecular response

4.3 Key types and properties of photo-responsive polymers

4.4 Applications

4.5 Conclusions and future trends

4.6 References

5. Magnetically responsive polymer gels and elastomers: properties, synthesis and applications

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Preparation of magnetically responsive polymer gels and elastomeric materials

5.3 Magnetic properties of filler-loaded polymers

5.4 Elastic behaviour of magnetic gels and elastomers

Details

No. of pages:
584
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857097026
Hardcover ISBN:
9780857096951
Paperback ISBN:
9780081013274

About the Editor

Maria Rosa Aguilar

Maria Rosa Aguilar works at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP), Spain

J.S. Román

Julio San Roman works at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP), Spain

Reviews

Smart polymers are polymers that respond to different stimuli or changes in the environment. Smart Polymers and their Applications reviews the types, synthesis, properties, and applications of smart polymers.

Chapters in part one focus on types of polymers, including temperature-, pH-, photo-, and enzyme-responsive polymers. Shape memory polymers, smart polymer hydrogels, and self-healing polymer systems are also explored. Part two highlights applications of smart polymers, including smart instructive polymer substrates for tissue engineering; smart polymer nanocarriers for drug delivery; the use of smart polymers in medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, diagnosis, and other applications; and smart polymers for bioseparation and other biotechnology applications. Further chapters discuss the use of smart polymers for textile and packaging applications, and for optical data storage.

Smart Polymers and their Applications is a technical resource for chemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other professionals in the polymer industry; manufacturers in such sectors as medical, automotive, and aerospace engineering; and academic researchers in polymer science.