Polymers in Medicine

Polymers play a crucial role in medical applications and biomaterials are already habitually used in clinical applications. However, several medically approved polymers are not yet optimized for their aspired application. Properties such as mechanical characteristics, plasticity and degradation behaviour need to be adapted to the designated application. For medical applications, the surface properties are of major importance. Polymers are also constantly gaining attention in trendy biomaterial analysis wherever polymeric materials should act as mechanically stable, degradable and custom-made scaffolds, drug carriers or hydrogel-based artificial biomimetic living thing matrix. In this space, major progresses can be achieved via 3D printing of hierarchical materials with tissue-like structures.

·         Polymers for Artificial Joints

·         Bioabsorbable Polymers for surgical applications

·         Adhesives for medical applications

 

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