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Biomaterials

Biomaterials
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Author(s): Paul K. Chu (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China) and Shuilin Wu (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 46
Source title: Handbook of Research on Biomedical Engineering Education and Advanced Bioengineering Learning: Interdisciplinary Concepts
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ziad O. Abu-Faraj (American University of Science and Technology, Lebanon)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0122-2.ch006

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Abstract

From the perspective of popular science, this chapter aims at providing a basic understanding of the concept and evolution of Biomaterials. Traditional biomaterials are introduced with emphasis on the concepts, merits, and drawbacks of metals, polymer, ceramics, and composites used in biomedical science. The importance of surface modification is described, and the general behavior as well as cell interactions with artificial materials is discussed. Plasma immersion ion implantation, which is one of the important and common techniques, is described in detail. In the last part of this chapter, typical applications of biomaterials and possible future development are presented.

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