Covering materials science, tribology and applications, Kurtz provides a complete reference for specialists in the field of plastics, biomaterials, biomedical engineering and medical device design and surgical applications
PART 1: PEEK Foundations, properties and behavior 1. Introduction to PAEK Biomaterials 2. Processing of PEEK 3. Blending and PEEK Composites 4. Morphology and Crystalline Architecture of Polyaryletherketones 5. Static Mechanical Behavior of PEEK 6. Fatigue and Fracture Behavior of PEEK 7. Chemical and Radiation Stability of PEEK: Implications for Device Sterilization PART 2: Bioactive PEEK Materials 8. Biocompatibility of PEEK 9. Microbial Properties of PEEK Biomaterials 10. Thermal Plasma Spray Deposition of Titanium and Hydroxyapatite on PEEK Implants 11. Plasma Surface Treatment of PEEK 12. HA/PEEK Biocomposites 13. Porosity in PEEK Marcus PART 3: PEEK Applications in Medical Devices 14. Development and Clinical Performance of PEEK Intervertebral Cages 15. PEEK Biomaterials for Posterior Dynamic Stabilization of the Spine 16. PEEK Research for Trauma and Arthroscopy Applications 17. Development and Clinical Performance of PEEK Composite Hip Stems 18. Total Joint Arthroplasty Bearing Surfaces 19. Tribology of PEEK Biomaterials for Artificial Discs 20. FDA Regulation of PEEK Implants
Dr. Kurtz has been researching ultra-high molecular weight polyehtylene(UHMWPE) for use in orthopedics for over 10 years. He has published dozens of papers and several book chapters related to UHMWPE used in joint replacement. He has pioneered the development of new test methods for the material in orthopedics. Dr. Kurtz has authored national and international standards for medical upgrade UHMWPE.As a principle engineer at Exponent, an international engineering and scientific consulting company, his research on UHMWPE is supported by several major orthopedic manufacturers. He has funding from the National Institutes for Health to stdy UHMWPE changes after implanatation in the body, as well as to develop new computer-based tools to predict the performance of new UHMWPE materials.Dr. Kurtz is the Director of an orthopedic implant retrieval program in Philadelphia which is affiliated with Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University. He teaches classes on the performance of orthopedic polymers (including UHMWPE) at Drexel, Temple, and Princeton Universities.