Shape-memory polymers for biomedical applications

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Shape-memory polymers (SMPs) are a class of mechanically functional "smart" materials that have generated substantial interest for biomedical applications. SMPs offer the ability to promote minimally invasive surgery, provide structural support, exert stabilizing forces, elute therapeutic agents, and biodegrade. This review focuses on several areas of biomedicine including vascular, orthopedic, and neuronal applications with respect to the progress and potential for SMPs to improve the standard of treatment in these areas. Fundamental studies on proposed biomedical SMP systems are discussed with regards to biodegradab. © 2009 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yakacki, CM; Gall, K

Published Date

  • October 8, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 226 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 175

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0065-3195

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-642-12359-7-23

Citation Source

  • Scopus