Polymer-Based Functional Materials for Biomedical Applications
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Polymer-Based Functional Materials for Biomedical Applications

Nithin Kundachira Subramani (The National Institute of Engineering, India) and Siddaramaiah Hatna (Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, India)
Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781799871989|ISBN10: 1799871983|EISBN13: 9781799872009|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7198-9


Polymers represent the largest and most versatile class of biomaterials, that are being extensively explored in numerous biomedical applications. The relative ease of processing, ability of polymers to be designed and developed with numerous interesting physical, chemical, and biological functionalities, and dopant dependent material properties exhibited by their composite analogues have all enabled their widespread applicability in drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, organ-on-a-chip, and so forth. Also, in recent decades, the advent of nanotechnology and advancements in polymer and/or composite and/or blend synthesis and characterization tools have all further allowed the efficient synthesis and biomedical performance evaluation of a wide variety of special polymer-based biomaterials.

Thus, the purpose of this book is to offer an overview of major classes of special polymers and polymer based composites and/or nanocomposites and/or blends for biomedical applications. In addition, recent advancements in polymer-based materials for biomedical applications is also critically explored, with special focus on functional polymer-based complex structures such as composites and/or nanocomposites, biocompatible blends, scaffolds, and hydrogels.

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