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Biomedical and pharmaceutical polymers
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ULLA pharmacy series
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London ; Chicago : Pharmaceutical Press, 2011
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xii, 160 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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30000010297964 R857.P6 L33 2011 Open Access Book Book

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Polymers are becoming increasingly present in the domain of health yet introduction to polymers is not frequently taught. Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Polymers is the only book available for introducing polymers to graduate or post-graduate students who use them in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. This much needed and timely book will provide students with an introduction to general concepts of polymer science and some insights into speciality polymers. In four sections the book covers: why study polymers for the health sciences?; general characteristics of polymers; main methods and processes to synthesize polymers; special properties of polymers. The final section of the book also contains case studies and detailed examples of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Polymers is a user-friendly textbook which will be an essential reference for postgraduate pharmaceutical science students, pharmaceutical scientists worldwide and pharmacy undergraduate students with an interest in polymers.

Author Notes

Denis J-P Labarre is Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University Paris-South-XI, France.
Gilles Ponchel is Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris-South-XI, France.
Christine Vauthier is Director of Research, CNRS (Centre National de la Rechrche Scientifique), France.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
About the authorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
1 Introduction: why study polymers for the health sciences?p. 1
1.1 Polymers are large molecules that nature relies onp. 2
1.2 A brief history of polymersp. 4
1.3 Definitionsp. 5
1.4 Morphology and nomenclature of polymersp. 6
Bibliographyp. 16
2 General characteristics of polymersp. 19
2.1 Characterisation of polymersp. 20
2.2 Specific properties of polymers in the presence of liquid mediap. 35
2.3 Relationships between structure of polymers and cohesion of materialsp. 44
2.4 Properties of polymers as materialsp. 48
Bibliographyp. 53
3 Main methods and processes to synthesise polymersp. 55
3.1 Why there is a need to synthesis polymersp. 55
3.2 Introducing step and chain polymerisationp. 56
3.3 Some examples of step polymerisation: from small reagents and from prepolymersp. 58
3.4 Free radical chain polymerizationp. 59
3.5 Limitations of polymerizationp. 64
3.6 Overview of other synthetic methodsp. 66
3.7 Polymerisation reaction processesp. 73
3.8 Copolymerisationp. 80
3.9 Modifications of polymersp. 81
Bibliographyp. 85
4 Special properties of polymers, case studies and detailed examples of applicationsp. 87
4.1 Properties of block copolymers: phase separation in solution and at solid statep. 87
4.2 Biodegradable and bioerodible polymersp. 91
4.3 Applications of polymers in biomedical usesp. 98
4.4 Applications of polymers in pharmaceutical usesp. 114
Bibliographyp. 148
Glossaryp. 151
Indexp. 155