Thermo-Moisture Responsive Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer for Biomedical Devices
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 11
Last Page: 19
Publisher Id: TOMDJ-2-11
Article History:Received Date: 20/4/2009
Revision Received Date: 25/4/2009
Acceptance Date: 25/4/2009
Electronic publication date: 19/1/2010
Collection year: 2010
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Shape memory polymers (SMPs) have a number of advantages as compared with their metal counterpart, i.e., shape memory alloys, in particular for biomedical applications. The recent finding of the influence of moisture on the glass transition temperature of a polyurethane SMP, which is traditionally well-known for its thermo-responsive feature, enables us to achieve not only the so called moisture-driven for shape recovery, but also the recovery following a predetermined sequence, i.e., programmed recovery. Utilizing these new features, we demonstrate a few novel applications of this SMP for biomedical devices, in particular, for minimally invasive surgery and cell surgery in future.