Development of Smart Materials for Invasive Medical Applications Using Shape Memory Polymers

Jeewantha, Lama Hewage Janitha ORCID: and Islam, Md Mainul and Epaarachchi, Jayantha Ananda (2020) Development of Smart Materials for Invasive Medical Applications Using Shape Memory Polymers. In: 6th International Conference on Mechanical, Industrial and Energy Engineering (ICMIEE 2020), 19-21 Dec 2020, Khulna, Bangladesh.


Shape memory polymers (SMPs) represent an intelligent polymeric material which can fix deformed temporary shape and recover their permanent shapes upon an external stimulus such that temperature, light, electricity, water, pH, magnetism and specific ions. This property is called shape memory effect (SME). The SME has underpinned its usefulness of SMPs in delicate minimally invasive surgeries (MIS’s) such as vascular stents, clot removals etc. The invasive biodegradable SMP devices can avoid second surgery and have a great potential over any conventional metallic biomedical device. The ability to change triggering temperature to use in a broader range of temperatures while keeping SME is another superior capability of SMPs. Additionally, SMPs have shown a good prospective due to their special characteristics such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, low rejection by host and low density. However, intrinsic low stiffness, strength and recovery stress possess a significant limitation in the applications of SMPs. In-depth literature survey has revealed that many existing concepts were terminated without further continuation. This may be mainly due to strict, lengthier Vitro and Vivo certification process. Therefore, to date, a limited number of invasive products have been realized and commercially available. This paper provides a brief overview of current SMP based invasive medical applications, status and limitations. This review will be more beneficial to identify current research gaps, for those who are emerging into SMP based invasive biomedical applications.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Keynote)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 23:30
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shape Memory Polymers, Biomedical, Invasive Applications, Stents
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials

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