Polymeric Membranes for Biomedical Applications

Elena Ruxandra Radu, Stefan Ioan Voicu, Vijay Kumar Thakur*

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Abstract

Polymeric membranes are selective materials used in a wide range of applications that require separation processes, from water filtration and purification to industrial separations. Because of these materials’ remarkable properties, namely, selectivity, membranes are also used in a wide range of biomedical applications that require separations. Considering the fact that most organs (apart from the heart and brain) have separation processes associated with the physiological function (kidneys, lungs, intestines, stomach, etc.), technological solutions have been developed to replace the function of these organs with the help of polymer membranes. This review presents the main biomedical applications of polymer membranes, such as hemodialysis (for chronic kidney disease), membrane-based artificial oxygenators (for artificial lung), artificial liver, artificial pancreas, and membranes for osseointegration and drug delivery systems based on membranes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number619
Number of pages1
JournalPolymers
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 25 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Chemistry
  • polymeric membranes
  • tissue engineering
  • artificial organs
  • biomedical applications
  • hemodialysis
  • drug delivery

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