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Natural polymer biomaterials: advanced applications

Abstract:

Advanced applications of natural polymers, including chitosan, alginate, starch, collagen and gelatin, and their utilisation in the fabrication of tissue engineering matrices and drug delivery systems, are discussed. The structure, synthesis pathways and modifications of various classes of natural polymers, spanning biodegradable materials, biomaterials intended for long-term implantation, and those used for targeted drug delivery and highly specific imaging, are also considered.

Key words

natural polymers

applications

biodegradable materials

drug delivery

2.1 Introduction

Polymers are one of the most omnipresent classes of materials in the medical industry and in our society ...

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