Developing stimulus-responsive biomaterials with easy-to-tailor properties is a highly desired goal within the tissue engineering category. Conductive polymer is novel type of electroactive biomaterial that is being used in fuel cells, computer displays, microsurgical tools, and various applications in the field of biomaterials. Conducting polymer is synthesised as hydrogels combined into composites or electrospun into microfibers which are biocompatible and biodegradable. With increasing applications of conducting polymers which are used as very important materials for biosensors, neural implants, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering scaffolds.
According to the study “Europe Conducting Polymers Industry Situation and Prospects Research Report”, conductive polymers possess excellent control of the electrical stimulus, optical properties that have a high conductivity/weight ratio and can be made biocompatible, biodegradable and porous. The main advantage of conductive polymers is that their chemical, electrical and physical properties can be tailored to the specific needs based on applications by incorporating antibodies, enzymes and other biological processes.
The properties that make conductive polymers more attractive is its wide range of electrical conductivity, which can be achieved with various doping levels, while maintaining mechanical flexibility and high thermal stability. Conducting polymers have advantages over other materials such as LED lighting and electrical supercapacitors. The use of electrically-conducting, nanocomposite polymers and the hybrid fabrication process alleviates problems with materials mismatch between flexible nonconductive polymers and metals/alloys or less flexible conductive polymers for soft (polymer) (N)-M-EMS and flexible lab-on-chip systems. The high degree of biocompatibility of conducting polymers also makes them particularly interesting materials for biosensing and implantable electrodes.
Electrically conducting and thermally conducting are the two types of conducting polymers available in European markets. Various applications of conducting polymers are ESD/EMI Shielding, Antistatic Packaging, Electrostatic Coating and Capacitors. Geographically, European conducting polymers industry is spread across Germany, Russia, UK, France, Italy and other regions. The leading players in European conducting polymers industry are Henkel, Agfa-Gevaert NV, Celanese Corporation, The Lubrizol Corporation, Covestro AG, Heraeus Holding, 3M, Solvay, Polyone Corporation, Sabic, Arkema, Cabot Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Electriplast Corporation, Ensinger, Ferro Corporation and Kemet.
Advanced technological inventions in field of polymers, nanotechnology and sciences is paving way for new possibilities within conductive polymers market. Europe is witnessing evolution in many sectors with increasing R&D in every industry for the development of more sophisticated products. It was observed that the ongoing research and development will revolutionize the world of tissue engineering. This trend will continue in conducting polymers industry over the next few years in Europe.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications