Polymeric films, emulsions, and nanofibers for medical applications
Natural polymers such as cellulose and proteinaceous materials including hair or animal tissue have been used since prehistory. Their use was appropriate until they no longer met the criteria for the intended applications. For example, for implantable materials, the requirements would include materials with higher rigidity or slower degradation than naturally-occurring polymers. For this reason, scientists have invented new materials that are able to emulate or have similar properties as physiological tissue. New materials with a wide range of physical and chemical properties have been tailored ...
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