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Issue 4, 2009
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Synthetic polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering

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Abstract

The field of tissue engineering places complex demands on the materials it uses. The materials chosen to support the intricate processes of tissue development and maintenance need to have properties which serve both the bulk mechanical and structural requirements of the target tissue, as well as enabling interactions with cells at the molecular scale. In this critical review we explore how synthetic polymers can be utilised to meet the needs of tissue engineering applications, and how biomimetic principles can be applied to polymeric materials in order to enhance the biological response to scaffolding materials (105 references).

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Submitted
07 Jul 2008
First published
16 Feb 2009

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38, 1139-1151
Article type
Critical Review

Synthetic polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering

E. S. Place, J. H. George, C. K. Williams and M. M. Stevens, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 38, 1139
DOI: 10.1039/B811392K

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