Polymers For Medicinal Applications


We have prepared a series of new bio-derived polyesters from carbohydrates (see polymers from sugars). The properties of these materials can be neatly controlled by varying the loading of the carbohydrate, thereby leading to polymers with predictable degradations. We are investigating the application of these materials in regenerative medicine (as scaffold materials and as electro-spun fibres) and for the controlled release of medicines. The project is being carried out in collaboration with Prof. Molly Stevens.

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  3. Tang, M.; White, A. J. P.; Stevens, M. M.; Williams, C. K. Chem. Commun. 2009, 941.
  4. Tang, M.; Haider, A. F.; Minelli, C.; Stevens, M. M.; Williams, C. K. J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2008, 46, 4352.