Biomedical applications of thermally activated shape memory polymers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials that can remember a primary shape and can return to this primary shape from a deformed secondary shape when given an appropriate stimulus. This property allows them to be delivered in a compact form via minimally invasive surgeries in humans, and deployed to achieve complex final shapes. Here we review the various biomedical applications of SMPs and the challenges they face with respect to actuation and biocompatibility. While shape memory behavior has been demonstrated with heat, light and chemical environment, here we focus our discussion on thermally stimulated SMPs.

published proceedings

  • J Mater Chem

altmetric score

  • 14.72

author list (cited authors)

  • Small, W., Singhal, P., Wilson, T. S., & Maitland, D. J.

citation count

  • 348

complete list of authors

  • Small, Ward||Singhal, Pooja||Wilson, Thomas S||Maitland, Duncan J

publication date

  • May 2010