Recent Progress in Shape Memory Polymers in Biomedical Applications

Jeewantha, Lama Hewage Janitha ORCID: and Islam, Md Mainul and Epaarachchi, Jayantha Amanda (2019) Recent Progress in Shape Memory Polymers in Biomedical Applications. In: 1st International Conference on Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Research and Practice (iCMMERP-2019), 24-28 Nov, 2019, Sydney, Australia.


The rapid progress and innovation of modern materials in engineering sciences are enabling us to overcome many limitations due to traditional materials used in various engineering and biomedical fields. Additionally, it is helping us to develop new products. Intelligent materials such as shape memory polymers (SMPs) have played a vital role in this field. They have unique ability to recover their original shape upon external stimuli such that temperature, light, electricity, water, pH, magnetism and specific ions. The SMPs are currently used in wider range of engineering disciplines due to their exceptional structural properties like good manufacturability, high shape deformability and recoverability. Additionally SMPs have shown a good prospective development in the biomedical applications due to their special characteristics such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, low rejection by host, low density and fairly good glass transition temperature (Tg). Recently developed SMPs are used in self-tightening sutures, controlled drug delivery systems, self-retractable and removable stents, fasteners and scaffolds for tissue engineering, endovascular clot removal, orthodontic appliances, etc. In this article recent advancement of the SMP materials and their applications are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 04:58
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shape memory polymer, Shape memory effect, Biomedical, potential applications
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090301 Biomaterials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8699 Other Manufacturing > 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified

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