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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation; Department of Cell Biology

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Book Chapter


Biocompatible Materials; Polymers


Biomaterials | Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Summary: Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a type of polymeric materials that can be programmed to memorize a less-constrained shape/configuration, subsequently assume a strained temporary shape/configuration, and then revert to the memorized shape/configuration upon triggering by an external stimulus(Lendlein & Kelch, 2002). Such responsiveness to stimuli is reminiscent of the adaptive responses universally observed in living organisms. Based on the nature of the external stimulus, SMPs can be categorized into light-responsive SMPs, chemical-responsive SMPs, magnetic field-responsive SMPs, and thermal-responsive SMPs, etc. Thermal-responsive SMPs are one of the most studied systems and will be the focus of this chapter.

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Jianwen Xu and Jie Song (2011). Thermal Responsive Shape Memory Polymers for Biomedical Applications, in: Biomedical Engineering - Frontiers and Challenges, Reza Fazel-Rezai (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-309-5, InTech, Available from:

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Biomedical Engineering - Frontiers and Challenges