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Hydrogels: Stimuli Responsive to on-Demand Drug Delivery Systems

  • Arti VashistEmail author
  • Ajeet Kaushik
  • Rahul Dev Jayant
  • Atul Vashist
  • Anujit Ghosal
  • Madhavan NairEmail author
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Abstract

Hydrogels are the three dimensional crosslinked network of polymeric materials, which have the ability to respond and adapt to the surrounding environment inside the human body. Hydrogels are the upcoming class of biomaterials, which act as excellent drug delivery systems. These materials have important characteristic feature that they respond to various external stimuli like pH, light, temperature, magnetic field, electric field and pressure. Present chapter gives a broad overview of the recent hydrogels used for drug delivery using various external stimuli. Concluding remarks and viewpoints for the future development of stimuli responsive hydrogels are addressed.

Keywords

pH responsive Hydrogels Stimuli responsive Drug delivery Thermosensitive hydrogels 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Authors acknowledge NIH grants: RO1DA027049, R21MH 101,025, RO1DA 034547, R01DA037838, and 1R01DA040537.

Conflict of Interest

Authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Personalized Nanomedicine, Institute of Neuro immune PharmacologyDepartment of Immunology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyAll India Institute Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, School of Basic and Applied SciencesGalgotias University, Gautam Buddh NagarUttar PradeshIndia
  4. 4.School of BiotechnologyJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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