Self-healing Materials for Healthcare Applications

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Published: 17 Feb 2017

Global healthcare sector has always focused on developing innovative materials that can address the evolving needs of patients and caregivers. Self-healing materials due to its biodegrability and healing attributes are gaining importance in healthcare market especially in implants and drug delivery processes. Rising ageing population and increase in occurrence of chronic diseases are driving use of medical implants, which in turn increases the demand for self-healing materials including self-healing hydrogels. Researchers are more focused in the direction of providing cost-effective materials that can provide value added features. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Self-healing, medical implants, biodegradable, supramolecular polymer, hydrogels, drug delivery, shape memory, liquid crystalline network

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