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Organic Bionics

Gordon G. Wallace, Simon Moulton, Robert M.I. Kapsa, Michael Higgins

ISBN: 978-3-527-64602-9

Apr 2012

238 pages

Description

The first reference on this emerging interdisciplinary research area at the interface between materials science and biomedicine is written
by pioneers in the field, who address the requirements, current status and future challenges. Focusing on inherently conducting polymers,
carbon nanotubes and graphene, they adopt a systematic approach, covering all relevant aspects and concepts: synthesis and fabrication,
properties, introduction of biological function, components of bionic devices and materials requirements. Established bionic devices, such as
the bionic ear are examined, as are emerging areas of application, including use of organic bionic materials as conduits for bone re-growth,
spinal cord injury repair and muscle regeneration. The whole is rounded off with a look at future prospects in sustainable energy generation and storage.
Invaluable reading for materials scientists, polymer chemists, electrotechnicians, chemists, biologists, and bioengineers.
MEDICAL BIONICS
Medical Bionics Devices
Key Elements of a Medical Bionic Device

CARBON
Introduction to Carbon
Graphene
Carbon Nanotubes
Summary

ORGANIC CONDUCTING POLYMERS
Polypyrrole
Polythiophenes
Polyanilines
Properties of OCPs
Chemical-Biological Properties
Mechanical Properties
Surface Morpholgy
Conclusions

ORGANIC CONDUCTORS -
BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
Carbon Structures for Medical Bionics
Carbon Nanotubes
Graphene
Conducting Polymers
Toxicity
Sterilization

MATERIALS PROCESSING/DEVICE FABRICATION
Introduction
Conducting Polymers
Carbon Nanotubes
Graphene
Composites with Conventional Polymers - a Medical Focus
3-D Structured Materials and Device Fabrication

ORGANIC BIONICS -
WHERE ARE WE? WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Materials Design and Selection
Materials Synthesis and Processing
Flexible and Printable Electronics
Characterization