Biopolymers for Medical Applications

Juan M. Ruso, Paula V. Messina

October 20, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 372 Pages - 12 Color & 92 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498744966 - CAT# K26920

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Features

  • Highlights the advantages and disadvantages of various models, theories and techniques.
  • Covers modern topics related to biopolymers and biomaterials.
  • Focuses on the most common and most utilized techniques.

Summary

This book presents an experimental and computational account of the applications of biopolymers in the field of medicine. Biopolymers are macromolecules produced by living systems, such as proteins, polypeptides, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides. Their advantages over polymers produced using synthetic chemistry include: diversity, abundance, relatively low cost, and sustainability. This book explains techniques for the production of different biodevices, such as scaffolds, hydrogels, functional nanoparticles, microcapsules, and nanocapsules. Furthermore, developments in nanodrug delivery, gene therapy, and tissue engineering are described.