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Nano-Filled Polymer Composites for Biomedical Applications

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Maximiano V. Ramos, Armstrong Frederick, Ahmed M. Al-Jumaily

AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Paper No. IMECE2008-67759, pp. 13-15; 3 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2008-67759
From:
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4863-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

Polymer nanocomposites offer various functional advantages required for several biomedical applications. For example, polymer nanocomposites are biocompatible, biodegradable, and can be engineered to have mechanical properties suitable for specific applications. The key to the use of polymer nanocomposites for different applications is the correct choice of matrix polymer chemistry, filler type, and matrix-filler interaction. This paper discusses the results of a study in the processing and characterization of nono-filled polymer composites and focuses on the improvement of its properties for potential biomedical applications. The experimental procedure for the preparation of nano-filled polymer composite by ultrasonic mixing is described. Different types of nanofillers and polymer matrix are studied. Effects of processing parameters such as percent loading of fillers, mixing time on the mechanical properties of the composites are discussed. Preliminary results indicate improvement in shear and flexural properties, tensile and compressive properties, were observed in the prepared composites for some processing conditions.

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