Editors: Viness Pillay, Yahya E. Choonara, Pradeep Kumar

Series Title: Frontiers in Biomaterials

Unfolding the Biopolymer Landscape

Volume 2

eBook: US $149 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $253
Printed Copy: US $179
Library License: US $596
ISSN: 2468-0168 (Print)
ISSN: 2352-3921 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-196-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-195-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810819531160201

Introduction

The need for the development of biomaterials as scaffold for tissue regeneration is driven by the increasing demands for materials that mimic functions of extracellular matrices of body tissues. Unfolding the Biopolymer Landscape provides a unique account of “biopolymeric interventions” inherent to biotechnological applications, soft tissue engineering, ophthalmic drug delivery, biotextiles, environmentally responsive systems, neurotherapeutics, and emulsions-based formulations for food and pharmaceutical applications. Chapters in this volume also cover biomedical applications and implications of cationic polymers, collagen-based substrates, multifunctional polymers, shape memory biopolymers, hybrid semisynthetic biomaterials, microbial exopolysaccharides, biomaterials mimicking the extracellular microenvironment, derivatized polysaccharides, and metallic biomaterials.

Each chapter is distinctly written by experts in the respective fields and emphasis is given on the mechanistic profile of the performance of biopolymers and biomedical applications. This book provides both basic and advanced biopolymer information for scientific experts and early career researchers in the field of drug delivery, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, food technology, peptide science, biomaterial design, and nutrition.

Foreword

This eBook provides an expert and up-to-date overview of the use of biopolymers in the design of smart therapeutic delivery systems, tissue-engineered scaffolds, implants and devices. It also covers future trends in the design and application of biopolymers and their overall potential benefits. The versatility of biopolymer technology and modification is channelled towards the development of advanced drug delivery systems for the treatment of various diseases as well as the elaboration of nanoscale structures for scaffolding. The various chapters of this eBook with contributions from polymer chemists, pharmaceutical scientists, chemists, biomedical and chemical engineers and other allied disciplines show that multi-disciplinarity is key for spanning the frontiers in biopolymer synthesis, modification and applications. The presentation of state-ofthe- art research in the biopolymer area should be most helpful not only to researchers in the field but also to graduate students. Finally, the consolidation of ideas within this eBook, evident through the sterling credentials of the Editor Prof Viness Pillay, generates a unique viewpoint for the conceptualisation of novel biopolymeric systems in future.

Dhanjay Jhurry
National Research Chair
Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR)
MSIRI Building
Réduit, Mauritius


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