Engineer to talk on bioabsorbable polymers used for surgery, medical treatment

Published: Apr 27, 2009 2:51:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

J. Jack Zhou, engineering fellow of research and development with Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, will discuss fibrous forms of bioabsorbable polymers on Tuesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in 104 Textile Building. His presentation is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

Bioabsorbable polymers and their copolymers have received attention from both academic and industrial researchers because of their biocompatibility and absorbability in biological tissues. They have been used for a wide range of medical products, such as bone screws and anchors, tissue scaffolds, sutures, surgical meshes, drug delivery devices and more.

Zhou's presentation will address the fibrous form of bioabsorbable polymers and their applications in the surgical field, for uses such as sutures and meshes. He will also discuss biomedical applications of absorbable polymers made from sustainable resources, which are degradable and can be used in various consumer products.