Handbook of Active Materials for Medical Devices: Advances and Applications, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Handbook of Active Materials for Medical Devices

Advances and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Andres Diaz Lantada

Jenny Stanford Publishing

350 pages | 160 Color Illus. | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book covers biodevices, mainly implantable or quirurgical, for the diagnosis or treatment of different pathologies, which benefit from the use of active materials as sensors or actuators. Such active or "intelligent" materials are capable of responding in a controlled way to different external physical or chemical stimuli by changing some of their properties. These materials can be used to design and develop sensors, actuators, and multifunctional systems with a large number of applications for developing biodevices and medical appliances.

Current work on these fields entails problems related to synthesis, characterization, modeling, simulation, processing, and prototyping technologies, as well as device testing and validation, all of which are treated in depth in this book, for the several types of active or intelligent materials covered. The research presented in this book helps further development of medical devices, based on the additional functionalities that the use of active or "intelligent" materials, both as sensors and actuators, supplies. The main results exposed may help with the industrial expansion of this kind of materials as part of more complex systems.


"This book is an excellent summary of the up-to-date knowledge on currently available and future active materials for medical applications. The research-oriented structure and content of the book makes it unique and one of a kind."

—Prof. Emilio Bautista Paz - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Table of Contents

Introduction to Product Development and Systematic Methodologies

General Considerations for Developing Medical Devices

Active Materials in Medical Devices

Shape Memory Alloys for Biodevices

Shape Memory Polymers for Biodevices

Electroactive Polymers as Actuators for Biodevices

Electroactive Polymers as Sensors for Biodevices

Pyroelectric Materials for Biodevices

Active Ceramics for Biodevices

Magnetically Active Materials for Biodevices

Optoactive and Photoactive Materials for Biodevices

Hydroactive Materials for Biodevices

Microstructured Active Materials in Biodevices

Nanostructured Active Materials in Biodevices

Novel Techniques, Methods and Processes for Active Materials in Biodevices

A Proposal for Structured Development Methodology

About the Editor

Andres Diaz Lantada studied industrial engineering and specialized in mechanical engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain (www.upm.es). He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2009 with a thesis on "methodology for the structured development of medical devices based on active polymers." He has worked for 10 years as a researcher at this university’s Mechanical Engineering Department and collaborated actively with its Product Development Laboratory, in both research and teaching tasks. Currently he works as assistant professor at UPM and teaches subjects at both the graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as specialization courses. He is also actively engaged in conducting research on different areas related with product development. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, several books and book chapters and is the co-inventor of 10 patents on the use of active materials for improving the sensing/actuating capabilities of medical products.

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