Tailoring established polymers for medical applications


Polymers can be tailored for specific biomedical applications by synthesis, processing or surface modification. Knowledge-based choice of comonomers for acrylonitrile based copolymers influences the interaction profile with specific cell lines and blood. Processing or surface modification of poly(ether imides) results in materials having complex three-dimensional structures and/or specific adsorption profiles. Potential applications are dialysis, gas separation, cell/tissue systems, apheresis, and bioreactors.
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