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Application of Shape Memory and Self-Healable Polymers/Composites in the Biomedical Field: A Review

Tadge, T and Garje, S and Saxena, V and Raichur, AM (2023) Application of Shape Memory and Self-Healable Polymers/Composites in the Biomedical Field: A Review. In: ACS Omega, 8 (36). pp. 32294-32310.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.3c04569


Shape memory-assisted self-healing polymers have drawn attention over the past few years owing to their interdisciplinary and wide range of applications. Self-healing and shape memory are two approaches used to improve the applicability of polymers in the biomedical field. Combining both these approaches in a polymer composite opens new possibilities for its use in biomedical applications, such as the “close then heal” concept, which uses the shape memory capabilities of polymers to bring injured sections together to promote autonomous healing. This review focuses on using shape memory-assisted self-healing approaches along with their respective affecting factors for biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, biomaterial-inks, and 4D printed scaffolds, soft actuators, wearable electronics, etc. In addition, quantification of self-healing and shape memory efficiency is also discussed. The challenges and prospects of these polymers for biomedical applications have been summarized. © 2023 The Authors. Published by American Chemical Society

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: ACS Omega
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2023 04:20
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 04:20
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83419

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