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Biodegradable Polymeric Nanocomposites

Advances in Biomedical Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Dilip Depan

CRC Press

257 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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How Can Polymers Constructed From Living Organisms Help Eliminate the Disposal Issue?

A unique category of materials called biodegradable polymers could help remedy a growing environmental concern. Biodegradable Polymeric Nanocomposites: Advances in Biomedical Applications considers the potential of biodegradable polymers for use in biomedical applications that include drug delivery, biosensors, and tissue engineering. Since biomaterials perform on a time-limited function and are designed to disappear from the body after use, the development of biopolymers could greatly reduce and eliminate the need for plastic products, most specifically those used in biomedical applications.

Highlights Biomaterials and the Design and Application of Biomaterials

Utilizing expert research contributors from around the world, this book considers the benefits and limitations of a variety of biomaterials, such as biopolymers, ceramics, biodegradable nanocomposites, and natural products–based biomaterials. It explores the bio-nano-interface; the interaction between nanoparticles and biomaterials, explains the basic concepts and methods of biodegradable nanocomposites (BNCs), and highlights recent developments in polymer-based bionanocomposites. The book provides an overview of degradation properties and the mechanical properties of biodegradable polymers. It also breaks down the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of starch-based polymers, and outlines distinct advantages (biodegradability and nontoxicity) that make them suitable as medical polymer materials. In addition, it highlights the FDA-approved biodegradable polyester family and focuses on the state-of-the-art recent advancements in drug-delivery devices.

Biodegradable Polymeric Nanocomposites: Advances in Biomedical Applications provides current knowledge on biopolymers, examines recent developments and trends, and considers future applications of polymers. Featuring the work of highly-qualified international researchers, this book addresses applications relevant to polymer and material science, as well as material, biomedical, and chemical engineering, and is of specific interest to polymer science engineers.


"Being an outcome of many research efforts precisely combined, this book will appeal to students, academic researchers, biomedical engineers and industrial experts in the field."

—Pratheep K. Annamalai, The University of Queensland

"This is a timely written book and the main theme is really innovative and exciting. It will be of great interest to several disciplines ranging from engineering, biochemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical engineering disciplines to name a few."

—Vijay Kumar Thakur, Washington State University

"The material was surprisingly accessible to someone like myself, who has a background in biology and is not well versed in biomaterials. The high-quality illustrations supported the text very well, illustrating important concepts such as fabrication principles, differential polymerization under various conditions, differences in outcomes based on variations of materials used, and applications of nanocomposites."

—Karen Müller Smith, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

"This volume is highly recommended to all individuals, from both academia and industry, with interests that involve the application of polymeric materials in biomedical therapeutic applications."

Carbohydrate Polymers, April 2016

Table of Contents

Calcium Phosphate-Reinforced Polyester Nanocomposites for Bone Regeneration Applications

Mehdi Sadat-Shojai

Biodegradable Nanocomposites for Imaging, Tissue-Repairing, and Drug-Delivery Applications

Congming Xiao

Electrospun Nanostructures as Biodegradable Composite Materials for Biomedical Applications

Elena Pâslaru (Stoleru), Bogdănel S. Munteanu, and Cornelia Vasile

Starch-Based Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications

Fernando G. Torres and Diego Arce

Polylactic Acid-Based Bionanocomposites: A State-of-the-Art Review Report

Inderdeep Singh and Kishore Debnath

Tissue Engineering Researches on Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposites: Designing Concepts, Properties, and Perspectives

Andreea Irina Barzic and Silvia Ioan

Biocomposites and Hybrid Biomaterials of Calcium Orthophosphates with Polymers

Sergey V. Dorozhkin

Curcumin-Loaded Polymeric Nanoparticle: A Promising Route for the Treatment of Cancer

Chinmayee Saikia, Mandip Sarmah, Monoj K. Das, Anand Ramteke, and Tarun K. Maji

Plastics of the Future: Innovations for Improvement and Sustainability with Special Relevance to Biomedical Applications

Vinod Pravin Sharma

Biomedical Applications of Microbial Cellulose Nanocomposites

Nazire Deniz Yılmaz

About the Editor

Dr. Dilip Depan is a research scientist in the Chemical Engineering Department and has been teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his PhD from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, in 2009. Dr. Depan has an extensive research background in the modification and characterization of biomaterial surface for various biomedical applications. His recent research focuses on bone–biomaterial interaction, tissue engineering 3-D scaffolds, dental materials, nanomedicine, and engineering education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology