Synthetic bio-actuators and their applications in biomedicine

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The promise of biomimetic smart structures that can function as sensors and actuators in biomedicine is enormous. Technological development in the field of stimuli-responsive shape memory polymers have opened up a new avenue of applications for polymer-based synthetic actuators. Such synthetic actuators mimic various attributes of living organisms including responsiveness to stimuli, shape memory, selectivity, motility, and organization. This article briefly reviews various stimuli-responsive shape memory polymers and their application as bioactuators. Although the technological advancements have prototyped the potential applications of these smart materials, their widespread commercialization depends on many factors such as sensitivity, versatility, moldability, robustness, and cost.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neiman, VJ; Varghese, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 185 - 198

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1738-1991

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1738-1584

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.12989/sss.2011.7.3.185

Citation Source

  • Scopus