Hydrogels pp 197-218 | Cite as

Emerging Technology in Medical Applications of Hydrogel

  • G. Madhumitha
  • J. Fowsiya
  • Selvaraj Mohana RoopanEmail author
Part of the Gels Horizons: From Science to Smart Materials book series (GHFSSM)


The term hydrogel used to describe the cross-linking long-chain polymer with high content water in the polymer matrix. The water-soluble and swollen property hydrogels were used in medical applications which include targeted delivery of drug, cell carriers, wound healing, and tissue engineering. Owing to different structures and cross-linking methods, the hydrogel has been utilized in biomedical and pharmacy industry. Hence, the preparation methods were important to prepare different types of hydrogels and it is useful in medical application based on their structural properties. The pursuit of this chapter is to concisely describe the recent development of hydrogel preparation, properties, and medical application. Furthermore, biomedical application and current clinical trial studies of hydrogel are summarized briefly.


Hydrogel Preparation Properties Medical application 



The authors thank VIT University, Vellore, for their kind support and DST-FTYS (SB/FT/CS-113/2013) for the financial support.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Madhumitha
    • 1
  • J. Fowsiya
    • 1
  • Selvaraj Mohana Roopan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chemistry of Heterocycles and Natural Product Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, School of Advanced ScienceVellore Institute of TechnologyVelloreIndia

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