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Issue 23, 2017
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Thermo-responsive polymers and their application as smart biomaterials

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The drastic development of polymeric materials for a wide range of biomedical and biomaterial applications has been explored in the last few decades. Among these materials, a new class of ‘smart’ or ‘intelligent’ biomaterial has been developed, and these materials are highly responsive to slight changes in their environments. Due to their dynamically alterable properties, smart materials allow for smart biomaterials to be developed. This review presents smart thermo-responsive polymers and discusses how they may be used as smart biomaterials. We describe typical thermo-responsive polymers that are either lower critical solution temperature-type, upper critical solution temperature-type, or thermo-induced shape-memory polymers. The basic mechanisms of the thermo-response processes will also be described. The applications of smart biomaterials with various forms, such as smart fibres, surfaces and hydrogels, will also be introduced.

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The article was received on 13 Jan 2017, accepted on 10 Feb 2017 and first published on 20 Feb 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB00157F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017,5, 4307-4321

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    Thermo-responsive polymers and their application as smart biomaterials

    Y. Kim and Y. T. Matsunaga, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, 5, 4307
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TB00157F

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