Biodegradable Shape Memory Polymers- A Mini Review

Sudha PN
2017 Advances in Biotechnology & Microbiology  
The use of degradable polymers in medicine was rapidly expanding from the last decade. The introduction of biodegradable polymers with shape memory effect has come into existence very recently. Biodegradable shape memory polymers are promising materials for the design of biomedical scaffolds which will allow degradation and tissue repair with minimal intervention. On comparing to shape memory alloys and ceramics, the development of degradable shape memory polymers will evade the limitations of
more » ... the limitations of subsequent surgical procedures for implant extraction. This paper glances over the general aspects of the different types of stimuli that will activate the shape memory effect and also addresses the applications of biodegradable SMP's as medical devices.
doi:10.19080/aibm.2017.07.555722 fatcat:24gw2wgfwncgxggbrvhlwicr6q