Interfacial phenomena of biomaterials
Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces : Characterization, Modification and Applications, Stamm, M., ed.
|Abstract||Since biomaterials are generally used in diagnostic or therapeutic devices with direct contact to the human body, the bio-interfacial interactions are of great interest. Several aspects of surface interactions of biomaterials are discussed, in particular the interaction of polymeric biomaterials with proteins, cells and tissues. To ensure biocompatibility non-specific interactions should be minimized. This may be achieved by particular polymer coatings, but also by implementation of bioactive components or specific surface morphologies and supramolecular biopolymer assemblies. This chapter provides a simplistic survey of the current opinion about interfacial phenomena of polymeric biomaterials. Emphasis will be put rather on conceptual than on methodological aspects. After introducing the hierarchy of bio-interfacial phenomena, recent trends in the surface modification of polymeric materials will be briefly summarized. <br /><br />About the book<br />Polymers are one of industrys most vital substances. In what is an extremely practical and applicable new work, experts provide concise explanations, with examples and illustrations, of the key techniques in this important field.<br />In each case, after basic principles have been reviewed, applications of the experimental techniques are discussed and illustrated with specific examples.<br />Readers from a huge variety of relevant fields will thus benefit from an application-oriented book that helps them to find solutions to both fundamental and applied problems.<br />Those who are familiar with these versatile compounds will know that the surfaces and interfaces of polymers play an important role in most of the application areas of polymers.<br />These applications stretch from moulds, foils, and composites, to biomaterials and applications in micro- and nanotechnology.<br />Therefore it is very important to be able to characterize these surfaces and interfaces in detail something that Stamm has achieved with real style.<br /><br />ISBN 978-3-540-73864-0|
|Citation||Springer Chapter 15 (2008) 299-318|