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Taylor & Francis

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International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials

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DOI: 10.1080/00914037.2020.1765365


This review covers the development of bioresorbable polymeric composites for applications in tissue engineering. Various commercially available bioresorbable polymers are described, with emphasis on recent bioresorbable composites based on natural and synthetic polymers. Bioresorbable polymers contain hydrolyzable bonds, which are subjected to chemical degradation via either reactive hydrolysis or enzyme-catalyzed active hydrolysis. For synthetic polymers, chemical hydrolysis is the most important mode of degradation. The degradation rate can be controlled by varying the molecular weight and crystallinity. Examples of bioresorbable polymers are: polyurethane, poly(D,L)lactide, poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid, poly(α-hydroxy acids), cross-linked polyester hydrogels, poly(orthoesters), polyanhydrides and polyethylene glycol.


Accepted version. International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, Vol. 70, No. 13 (2021): 926-940. DOI. © 2021 Taylor & Francis. Used with permission.

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