Laser surface modification of biodegradable polymers and biomedical applications

Mitsuhiro Terakawa, Shuhei Yada

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    Abstract

    During the last decades, biodegradable polymers have been attracting increasing attention in tissue engineering and drug delivery due to its high biocompatibility and biodegradability. Chemical structure and surface properties of biodegradable polymers are known to be a key factor to decide its functionality as biomaterials. Among various methods to process or modify biodegradable polymer surfaces, laser processing has advantages in a dry processing which is able to process complex-shaped surfaces without using a toxic chemical component. This review gives an overview of laser processing of biodegradable polymer surfaces for biomedical applications. The formation of laser induced periodic surface structure (LIPSS) on a biodegradable polymer is also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1043-1048
    Number of pages6
    JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
    Volume135
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Keywords

    • Biodegradable polymer
    • Biomedical applications
    • Femtosecond laser
    • Laser ablation
    • Laser-induced periodic surface structure
    • Micro/nanoprocessing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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