Science and Principles of Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Medical Polymers: Materials and Properties provides a practical guide to the use of biodegradable and bioresorbable polymers for study, research, and applications within medicine. Fundamentals of the basic principles and science behind the use of biodegradable polymers in advanced research and in medical and pharmaceutical applications are presented, as are important new concepts and principles covering materials, properties, and computer modeling, providing the reader with useful tools that will aid their own research, product design, and development.
Supported by practical application examples, the scope and contents of the book provide researchers with an important reference and knowledge-based educational and training aid on the basics and fundamentals of these important medical polymers.
Dr. Zhang has the benefit of academic and industrial experience in the medical industry, having worked in academia for 17 years before moving to applied research for industry in 1999. For the last 15 years, he has been involved in fundamental, applied research (mainly for industry) in polymers and his fundamental understanding of polymer science has helped him to develop successful medical products. Dr. Zhang's work has covered most aspects of medical materials and medical devices from R&D stages to manufacturing. In addition to working as Principal Consultant for Lucideon, Dr. Zhang is currently organizing and supervising research in degradable polymers and their hybrid composites for medical applications at the University of Cambridge.
1. Biodegradable medical polymers: Fundamental sciences Part One. Biodegradable and bioresorbable syntheticmedical polymers 2. Synthetic biodegradable medical polyesters 3. Synthetic biodegradable medical polyesters: Poly- -caprolactone 4. Synthetic biodegradable medical polyesters: Poly(trimethylene carbonate) 5. Synthetic biodegradable medical polymer: Polyanhydrides 6. Synthetic biodegradable medical polyurethanes 7. Synthetic biodegradable medical polymers: Polymer blends Part Two. Biodegradable and bioresorbable naturalmedical polymers 8. Natural bacterial biodegradable medical polymers: Polyhydroxyalkanoates 9. Natural biodegradable medical polymers: Cellulose 10. Natural bacterial biodegradable medical polymers: Bacterial cellulose 11. Natural biodegradable medical polymers: Therapeutic peptides and proteins 12. Natural biodegradable medical polymers: Silk Part Three. Properties of biodegradable medical polymers 13. Biocompatibility of biodegradable medical polymers 14. Degradation characterisation of biodegradable polymers 15. Modelling degradation of biodegradable polymers