Shape Memory Polymer Composites in Biomedical Field

  • Aqib Muzaffar
  • Kalim Deshmukh
  • M. Basheer AhamedEmail author
  • S. K. Khadheer Pasha
Part of the Lecture Notes in Bioengineering book series (LNBE)


This chapter is anticipated to provide a brief insight into shape memory polymers (SMPs). The insight comprises of the designing aspects pertaining to SMP which include a description of mechanical properties, biocompatibility, hemocompatibility, genotoxicity, histocompatibility, biodegradability, and sterilizability. The biocompatibility comprising of cytotoxicity, mitochondrial activity, membrane damage, and cytokine production is described. The main discussion is intended toward the biomedical applications of shape memory polymer composites. In addition to that, electro-active shape memory polymer composites are mentioned along with SMPs containing fillers like Ni, electromagnetic fillers, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The impact on the addition of these fillers on the overall characteristics of the shape memory polymer composite is discussed. The potential of different polymer materials with their applicability in the biomedical field and their current research progress is also reviewed.


Shape memory polymers Biocompatibility Biodegradability Biomedical applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aqib Muzaffar
    • 1
  • Kalim Deshmukh
    • 1
  • M. Basheer Ahamed
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. K. Khadheer Pasha
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsB.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and TechnologyChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsVIT-AP UniversityGunturIndia

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