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Hydrogels

Biological Properties and Applications

  • Rolando Barbucci

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Barbara Zavan, Roberta Cortivo, Giovanni Abatangelo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Assunta Borzacchiello, Luigi Ambrosio
    Pages 9-20
  4. Gemma Leone, Rolando Barbucci
    Pages 25-41
  5. Buddy D. Ratner, Sarah Atzet
    Pages 43-51
  6. Christine Hiemstra, Zhiyuan Zhong, Pieter J. Dijkstra, Jan Feijen
    Pages 53-65
  7. Sangram K. Samal, Federica Chiellini, Cristina Bartoli, Elizabeth G. Fernandes, Emo Chiellini
    Pages 67-78
  8. Liudmila Korkina, Vladimir Kostyuk, Liliana Guerra
    Pages 97-109
  9. Mamoni Dash, Anna Maria Piras, Federica Chiellini
    Pages 111-120
  10. Haruma Kawaguchi
    Pages 141-156

About this book

Introduction

The studies on Biohydrogels have had a rapid, exponential evolution in the last

decades. Starting from one of the first applications of hydrogels in surgery,

polyvinylalcohol crosslinked with formaldehyde under the trade name of Ivalon, we

passed through PolyHema hydrogels as contact lens materials, hydrophilic

polyurethanes (HPU), biodegradable hydrogels for both reconstructive surgery and

pharmaceutical delivery systems, and finally more recently, one decade old, the

thermoreversible and transient network hydrogels. Of course all these classes of

hydrogels have been always and continuosly studied, improving their performance and

field of applications. Recently, most of them have been used as scaffolds for cells,

even stem ones, for regenerative applications (tissue engineering). Nevertheless

hydrogels are odd materials and many studies still have to be carried out to fully

understand their behaviour from mechanical, physicochemical and biological point of

view.

Keywords

Polysaccharid Polysaccharide biochemistry biomedical application biomedical applications biomedicine cells chemistry polymer protein surgery tissue tissue engineering water

Authors and affiliations

  • Rolando Barbucci
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biosystem Sciences and Technologies and Interuniversity Research Center for Advanced Medical Systems (C.R.I.S.M.A.)University of SienaItaly

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