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Smart Biomaterials

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  • © 2014


  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the principles and applications of all classes of smart biomaterials
  • Introduces key new topics including shape memory materials
  • Serves as a catalyst for new research to lead the field in the coming decade
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: NIMS Monographs (NIMSM)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This book provides comprehensive coverage of smart biomaterials and their potential applications, a field that is developing at a very rapid pace. Because smart biomaterials are an emerging class of biomaterials that respond to small changes in external stimuli with large discontinuous changes in their physical properties, they have been designed to act as an “on–off” switch for, among others, bio separation, immunoanalysis, drug delivery technologies, gene therapy, diagnostics, bio sensors and artificial muscles. After an introduction to the topic and the history of smart biomaterials, the author gives the reader an in-depth look at the properties, mechanics, and characterization of smart biomaterials including hydrogels, particles, assemblies, surfaces, fibers and conjugates. Information on the wide range of applications for these materials follows, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, diagnostics, biosensors, bio separation and actuators. In addition, recent advances in shape memory biomaterials as active components of medical devices are also presented.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Biomaterials Unit, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

    Mitsuhiro Ebara, Takao Aoyagi

  • ICYS) & International Center for Materia, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba,, Japan

    Yohei Kotsuchibashi

  • Department of Chemical and Materials Eng, University of Alberta, Edmonton,, Canada

    Ravin Narain

  • Kagami Memorial Research Institute for M Waseda University,, Shinjuku-ku,, Japan

    Naokazu Idota

  • Center for International Research on MicroMechatronics (CIRMM), Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Japan

    Young-Jin Kim

  • Stratos Genomics, Seattle, USA

    John M. Hoffman

  • Biomaterials Unit, International Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

    Koichiro Uto

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