Polymer coatings for biomedical applications: a review

James R. Smith, Dimitrios Lamprou

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Abstract

This review surveys some of the recent literature concerning the use of polymer coatings for a variety of biomedical applications. These have been grouped into six broad categories: orthopaedic materials, cardiovascular stents, antibacterial surfaces, drug delivery, tissue engineering and biosensors. These, to some extent overlapping, sections have been ordered such that the literature generally progresses from polymer coatings on metallic to non-metallic substrates. Polymer coatings can bestow a wide range of functionalities due to their various properties, such as antiwear characteristics, mechanical strength, corrosion protection, electrical conductivity, biocompatibility and surface chemistry. The review period is from 2011 to the present (mid-2013).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalTransactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2014

Keywords

  • tissue engineering
  • conducting polymers
  • polymer coatings
  • orthopaedics
  • cardiovascular stents
  • Antibacterial surfaces
  • drug delivery
  • Biosensors

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