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Biomaterials by Brian J. Love

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Chapter 9

Polymeric Biomaterials

Abstract

Polymeric biomaterials encompass the most widespread usage of synthetic and hybrid materials being used in medicine today. The chapter presents general nomenclature about how polymers are classified, describes different synthetic protocols, and subtleties between different synthetic polymer repeat structures. Also presented are the general physical and mechanical properties of condensed polymers, and general areas of medicine where polymers of different structures have been proposed or used.

The similarities between natural tissues, proteins, and polysaccharides and synthetic polymers with their long-chain architecture leads to the reasonable conclusion that synthetic polymers are better representations ...

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