Biomedical applications of polyurethane materials and coatings

J. Joseph, R. M. Patel, A. Wenham, J. R. Smith
  • Transactions of the IMF, April 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/00202967.2018.1450209

Medical applications of polyurethanes

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What is it about?

Polyurethanes (PUs) have been widely used industrially since their discovery in 1937. This paper focuses on their biomedical applications, arising from their biocompatibility, biodegradability and tailorable chemical and physical forms. Examples of such application areas include antibacterial surfaces and catheters, drug delivery vehicles, stents, surgical dressings/pressure sensitive adhesives, tissue engineering scaffolds and electrospinning, nerve generation, cardiac patches and PU coatings for breast implants.

Why is it important?

Polyurethanes offer a unique blend of properties that make them attractive for future medical applications.


Dr James R Smith
University of Portsmouth

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