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Cooper and Guan publish new book on polyurethane biomaterials

What do catheters, blood pumps, artificial heart components and wound dressings have in common? Apart from the fact that these items are used in some form of medical treatment, they share an unusual characteristic: they can all be made of polyurethane elastomers.

Polyurethane elastomers were first considered as potential biomaterials by John Boretos at the US National Institutes of Health in the 1960s, and have found medical applications ever since.

Polyurethanes generally have outstanding physical properties including high strength and stiffness, excellent flexibility and fatigue resistance, abrasion resistance, and reasonably good biocompatibility.

This has led to their aforementioned use in applications such as catheters, blood pumps, artificial heart components etc. However, there are still unanswered questions in areas such as biostability and long-term biocompatibility and in the potential toxicity of aromatic diisocyanates used in many formulations, and  as the field advances, particularly in the area of applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, new venues for describing the state of the art in the field are needed.

To meet at least part of the need to provide a summary of recent research in polyurethane biomaterials, Stuart L. Cooper and Jianjun Guan compiled and edited 22 chapters on the topic of Advances in Polyurethane Biomaterials from authors making outstanding contributions to the field.

“Advances in Polyurethane Biomaterials,” published by Woodhead Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier, combines solid reviews as well as state of the art summaries of recent advances on their topics. Each contribution also contains copious and timely references on the topics covered.

The book is organized in three sections. The first section contains 9 chapters on the chemistry, processing, and applications of polyurethane biomaterials. The second and third parts have chapters grouped around polyurethanes for vascular applications and polyurethanes for tissue-engineering applications.

For information on Advances in Polyurethane Biomaterials, ISBN: 978-0-08-100614-6 (print) and ISBN: 978-0-08-100622-1 (online), visit Woodhead Publishing publications online.

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