Biomedical Inorganic Polymers

Bioactivity and Applications of Natural and Synthetic Polymeric Inorganic Molecules

  • Werner E. G. Müller
  • Xiaohong Wang
  • Heinz C. Schröder

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tatyana Kulakovskaya, Igor Kulaev
    Pages 39-63
  3. Narjes Javaheri, Carolina M. Cronemberger, Jaap A. Kaandorp
    Pages 117-141
  4. Marco Giovine, Sonia Scarfì, Marina Pozzolini, Antonella Penna, Carlo Cerrano
    Pages 143-174
  5. Ines Mancini, Andrea Defant
    Pages 175-195
  6. Heinz C. Schröder, Xiaohong Wang, Ute Schloßmacher, Matthias Wiens, Werner E. G. Müller
    Pages 197-234
  7. Werner E. G. Müller, Heinz C. Schröder, Zhijian Shen, Qingling Feng, Xiaohong Wang
    Pages 235-259
  8. Xiaohong Wang, Heinz C. Schröder, Ute Schloßmacher, Werner E. G. Müller
    Pages 261-294
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 295-303

About this book

Introduction

This book summarizes the present state of knowledge on a number of inorganic polymers with respect to their potential biomedical applications. In recent years, inorganic polymers have attracted much attention in nano-biomedicine, in particular in the areas of regenerative medicine and drug delivery. The growing interest in these polymers has been further accelerated by the development of new synthetic and analytical methods in the field of nanotechnology and nanochemistry. Examples of biomedical inorganic polymers that have been proven to exhibit biomedical effects and/or have been applied in preclinical or clinical trials are polysilicate / silica glass (such as naturally formed “biosilica” and synthetic “bioglass”) and inorganic polyphosphate. Some biomedical inorganic polymers have already been applied e.g. as “bioglass” for bone repair and bone tissue engineering, or are used in food processing and in dental care (inorganic polyphosphates).

 

However, there are a number of further biological and medicinal properties of these polymers that have been elucidated in the last few years but not yet been applied for treatment of humans. In addition to polysilicates and polyphosphate, there are a series of other inorganic polymers including polyarsenate and polyvanadate, the biological / biomedical properties of which have been only marginally studied so far. Moreover, the combined application of inorganic polymers and organic polymeric molecules (formation of organic-inorganic hybrid materials) provides a variety of new materials with novel property combinations and diverse applications in nanomedicine.

Keywords

Drug Delivery Nano-Biomedicine Regenerative Medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Werner E. G. Müller
    • 1
  • Xiaohong Wang
    • 2
  • Heinz C. Schröder
    • 3
  1. 1.ERC Advanced Investigator Group, Institute for Physiological ChemistryUniversity Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2.ERC Advanced Investigator Group, Institute for Physiological ChemistryUniversity Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  3. 3.ERC Advanced Investigator Group, Institute for Physiological ChemistryUniversity Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41004-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-41003-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-41004-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-6484
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