Sheiliza Carmali*, Steve Brocchini

*Corresponding author for this work

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Polyacetals (and ketals) and polymers that contain acetal linkages in the main chain or in pendent chains are an important class of degradable polymer that can be considered for biomedical applications. While there are examples of polyacetals that have been used for orthopedic indications, recent years have seen a resurgence in research to efficiently prepare biocompatible polyacetal- and acetal-containing polymers. Polyacetals are currently being developed for potential biomedical use ranging from drug conjugation and formulation to consideration in regenerative medicine. This chapter describes recent work relating to polyacetal preparation and the range of biomedical applications that these polymers have been considered for.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780123969835
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid-labile degradation
  • Nonacidic by-products
  • Polyacetal
  • Polyketal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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