Shape Memory Systems with Biodegradable Polyesters

J. Karger-Kocsis, Suchart Siengchin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)


The preparation, properties, and applications of shape memory polymer (SMP) systems composed of or containing biodegradable polyesters have been surveyed in this chapter. SMPs are capable of memorizing one or more temporary shapes and recovering to the permanent shape upon an external stimulus that is usually heat. SMPs were classified with respect to their molecular structure (homopolymers, copolymers, blends) and architecture (conetwork, interpenetrating network) in this review. A further distinction was made as to whether the related system was linear (thermoplastic) or cross-linked (thermoset). The underlying mechanisms of shape memory actions are introduced and discussed. Emphasis has been placed on presenting recent progress on shape memory biodegradable polyester systems and their potential for practical applications, especially in surgery. An attempt has been made to deduce the trends for future developments and applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodegradable Polyesters
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783527656950
ISBN (Print)9783527330867
Publication statusPublished - Mar 13 2015


  • Bio-based polyesters
  • Biodegradable polyesters
  • Conetwork
  • Diels-Alder reaction
  • Dual-shape memory
  • Electroactivated shape memory
  • Full IPN
  • Interpenetrating network (IPN)
  • Magnetic-field-activated shape memory
  • Multi-shape memory
  • One-way shape memory
  • Photoset
  • Recovery stress
  • Reversible cross-linking
  • Self-healing
  • Semi IPN
  • Shape fixity ratio
  • Shape memory copolymers
  • Shape memory nanocomposites
  • Shape memory polymers
  • Shape memory polyurethanes
  • Shape programming
  • Shape recovery ratio
  • Stent
  • Suture
  • Thermoresponsive shape memory
  • Thermoset
  • Triple-shape memory
  • Two-way shape memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Shape Memory Systems with Biodegradable Polyesters'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Karger-Kocsis, J., & Siengchin, S. (2015). Shape Memory Systems with Biodegradable Polyesters. In Biodegradable Polyesters (pp. 131-154). Wiley-Blackwell.