Recent Advances in Biopolymers and Biomedical Materials

Jun 1, 2008 | Contact Author | By: Robert Y. Lochhead, Stephen F. Foster, Ashley L. Cox, Margaret B. Lochhead, Vipul Padman and Emily A. Hoff, University of Southern Mississippi
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Title: Recent Advances in Biopolymers and Biomedical Materials
filmstripsx aloe vera pectinx hydrogelsx mucoadhesive gelsx controlled deliveryx nanofibersx
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Keywords: filmstrips | aloe vera pectin | hydrogels | mucoadhesive gels | controlled delivery | nanofibers

Abstract: This overview of recent literature provides a snapshot of research trends in biopolymers and biomedical polymers. To improve product efficacy, the personal care industry often looks to other sectors for innovative materials and ideas. Here, the authors encourage readers to innovate by technology transfer and by gaining a better understanding of biopolymers.

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In this overview of recently published scientific literature, the authors provide a snapshot of current research trends in biopolymers and biomedical polymers. During experimentation to improve product benefits, the personal care industry eagerly formulates with new and different materials and ideas. Sometimes these new materials are generated within the industry while other times, they are borrowed from other sectors. In reviewing the current scientific literature, the authors hope to encourage readers to innovate by technology transfer and by gaining a better understanding of biopolymers at a time when they are escalating in importance.

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Figure 1. Carrageenan

Figure 1. Carrageenan 

Figure 2. Depiction of pectin structure

 Figure 2. Depiction of pectin structure

Figure 3. Thermoresponsive block

Figure 3. Thermoresponsive block 

Figure 4. Poly(acrylic) acid

Figure 4. Poly(acrylic) acid 

Figure 5. When present in the polymer

 Figure 5. When present in the polymer

Figure 6. At 10 mole%

Figure 6. At 10 mole% 

Figure 7. A ß-sheet-forming wheel peptide

Figure 7. A ß-sheet-forming wheel peptide

Figure 8. Wheel-like peptides

Figure 8. Wheel-like peptides

Lochhead: Recent Advances in Biopolymers footnotes

 a The Gelsite polymer is a product and registered trademark of Delsite Biotechnologies, Irving, Tex., USA.

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