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About Polymer Synthesis

How Are Polymers Synthesized?

The synthesis of polymers includes chemically joining many monomers together to form a large chain or network. Depending on the type of link between the monomer units, different chemistries can be used, for example, free-radical polymerization.

How Are Polymers Used in Drug Delivery or Pharmaceuticals?

It depends. Some polymers are simply used to encapsulate active ingredients to help them reach their destination before release. More advanced applications utilize polymers to achieve a controlled, steady release of active ingredients for a specific duration of time.

How Are Polymers Used in Medical Devices?

Many types of polymers are used in medical devices. For example, long-term implantable devices can be made from PET or polyurethane. Short-term implants can be made from degradable polymers. Soft contact lenses and some injectables include hydrogel materials. The applications are endless.

How Are Polymers Used in Medicine?

Polymers offer many features critical for medical needs such as implants, sutures and injectables. They can be soft and flexible or hard and rigid. They can have long-term stability or degrade and be reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue. These properties can’t be attained using other types of materials.

What Are Biodegradable Polymers Used For?

Biodegradable polymer applications include short-term implants, sutures and drug delivery devices, which all require reabsorption over time. These polymers can also replace conventional plastic polymers to reduce the environmental impact of waste.

What Are Smart Polymers?

Smart polymers can respond to external stimuli or environmental changes such as temperature, pH, magnetism, electricity and light. Currently, scientists are researching how to use these polymers for advanced drug delivery, tissue engineering and artificial muscles.

What Are Some Examples of Biodegradable Polymers?

Biodegradable polymers breakdown over time. This can happen through water or by microorganisms and enzymes. Examples of synthetic biodegradable polymers include polyanhydrides, polyorthoesters, polylactide. Examples of naturally occurring polymers include polysaccharides or proteins.

At Chempilots we offer services to synthesize, develop and manufacture custom biodegradable polymers for use in medical device, drug delivery, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and other applications.

What Are Synthetic Polymers?

Synthetic polymers are prepared by humans through various processes. This means they don’t occur naturally. A few examples of synthetic polymers include plastics such as PE, PET and PVC. Chempilots develops synthetic polymers such as those used in soft contact lenses and adhesives

What Is Polymer Synthesis?

Polymer synthesis is the process of making polymers, large molecules consisting of a chain or network of many repeating units (monomers) chemically bonded together.

Contact the Polymer Specialists at Chempilots Today

Our custom specialty polymers are developed to fit your specific requirements. To learn more about our custom capabilities or to start your project today send us a message.

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