Biomimetic Polymers

  • Charles G. Gebelein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Brent A. Burdick, James R. Schaeffer
    Pages 15-37
  3. Lon J. Mathias, Rajeev A. Vaidya, Gustavo Cei
    Pages 39-70
  4. Charles E. Carraher Jr., Louis G. Tissinger, Isabel Lopez, Melanie Williams
    Pages 71-80
  5. Donald Hilvert
    Pages 95-113
  6. Melvin H. Keyes, David E. Albert
    Pages 115-133
  7. Robert J. Linhardt, Duraikkannu Loganathan
    Pages 135-173
  8. Stanislaw Penczek, Pawel Klosinski
    Pages 223-241
  9. Stanislaw Penczek, Pawel Klosinski
    Pages 243-252
  10. Kiichi Takemoto, Eiko Mochizuki, Takehiko Wada, Yoshiaki Inaki
    Pages 253-267
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-297

About this book


The term biomimetic is comparatively new on the chemical scene, but the concept has been utilized by chemists for many years. Furthermore, the basic idea of making a synthetic material that can imitate the func­ tions of natural materials probably could be traced back into antiquity. From the dawn of creation, people have probably attempted to duplicate or modify the activities of the natural world. (One can even find allusions to these attempts in the Bible; e. g. , Genesis 30. ) The term "mimetic" means to imitate or mimic. The word "mimic" means to copy closely, or to imitate accurately. Biomimetic, which has not yet entered most dictionaries, means to imitate or mimic some specific bio­ logical function. Usually, the objective of biomimetics is to form some useful material without the need of utilizing living systems. In a simi­ lar manner, the term biomimetic polymers means creating synthetic poly­ mers which imitate the activity of natural bioactive polymers. This is a major advance in polymer chemistry because the natural bioactive polymers are the basis of life itself. Thus, biomimetic polymers imitate the life process in many ways. This present volume delineates some of the recent progress being made in this vast field of biomimetic polymers. Chemists have been making biomimetic polymers for more than fifty years, although this term wasn't used in the early investigations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles G. Gebelein
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of ChemistryYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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