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Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technologies Volume 3

Biodegradable Polymers
Edited by Vijay Kumar Thakur and Manju Kumari Thakur
Copyright: 2015   |   Status: Published
ISBN: 9781119041429  |  Hardcover  |  
590 pages
Price: $220.00 USD
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The 4-volume set is comprehensive, broad in scope, and gives deep insight into the synthetic, hybrid and renewable materials used as pharmaceutical polymers.

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Industrial and academic scientists, engineers and researchers working in pharmaceutical chemistry and technology, polymer chemistry, biopolymers, biomedical engineering and biotechnology, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. Graduate and postgraduate students will find this 4-volume set to be very instructive as well.

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Polymers are one of the most fascinating materials of the present era finding their applications in almost every aspect of life. Polymers are either directly available in nature or are chemically synthesized and the type employed depends on the targeted applications. Advances in polymer science and the introduction of new polymers have resulted in the significant development of polymers with unique properties. Different kinds of polymers have been and will continue to be a key material in the global advanced pharmaceutical research in biomedical applications and delivery systems.
The Handbook of Polymers for Pharmaceutical Technology comprises 4 volumes:
♦ Volume 1: Structure and Chemistry
♦ Volume 2: Processing and Applications
♦ Volume 3: Biodegradable Polymers
♦ Volume 4: Bioactive and Compatible Synthetic/Hybrid Polymers

This third volume of the Handbook is primarily focused on the biodegradable pharmaceutical polymers and deals with their different physiochemical, processing and application aspects.
Topics extensively discussed include: Bioactive polysaccharides of vegetable and microbial origins; chitosan as an emanating polymeric carrier for drug de livery; fungi as sources of polysaccharides; environmentally-responsive chitosan-based nanocarriers (CBNS); biomassderivedand biomass-inspired polymers; modification of gums; structured biodegradable polymers for drug delivery; biomaterials for functional applications in the oral cavity; the role of polymers in ternary drug cyclodextrin complexes; collagen-based materials; natural polysaccharides as pharmaceutical excipients.

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Vijay Kumar Thakur (Ph.D.) is a Staff Scientist in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, U.S.A. He has published more than 100 research articles, patents and conference proceedings in the field of polymers and materials science and has published 15 books and 30 book chapters on the advanced state-of-the-art of polymers/ materials science. He has extensive expertise in the synthesis of polymers (natural/ synthetic), nanomaterials, nanocomposites, biocomposites, graft copolymers, high performance capacitors and electrochromic materials.

Manju Kumari Thakur works in the Department of Chemistry, Himachal Pradesh University, Simla, India. She received her BSc in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology; MSc and MPhil in Organic Chemistry, and PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the Chemistry Department at Himachal Pradesh University. She has rich experience in the field of organic chemistry, biopolymers, composites/nanocomposites, and has published more than 30 research papers in several international journals, co-authored five books and has also published 25 book chapters in the field of polymeric materials.

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