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Shape-changing polymers for biomedical applications

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Kirillova, Alina ; Ionov, Leonid:
Shape-changing polymers for biomedical applications.
In: Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Vol. 7 (2019) Issue 10 . - pp. 1597-1624.
ISSN 2050-7518

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Smart polymers that are capable of controlled shape transformations under external stimuli have attracted significant attention in the recent years due to the resemblance of this behavior to the biological intelligence observed in nature. Moreover, shape-morphing polymer-based materials are great candidates for biomedical applications due to their adaptive properties, controlled shape transformations, and enriched functionality. In this review, we focus on the recent progress in the field of shape-memory and shape-changing polymers, highlighting their most promising applications in the biomedical field. We include a brief theoretical background on the underlying molecular mechanisms, classification of the polymer systems based on their mechanical properties, and the most promising state-of-the-art processing techniques for the fabrication of intelligent polymer-based materials. The aim of this review is to provide a link between the diverse stimuli-responsive polymer systems and their mechanical properties, and to highlight the most appealing up-to-date biomedical applications for shape-morphing systems.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Professor Biofabrication
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Professor Biofabrication > Professor Biofabrication - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov
Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 07:42
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2022 10:31