Photo-Crosslinkable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Applications

  • Guoping ChenEmail author
  • Naoki Kawazoe
  • Yoshihiro Ito


Hydrogels have great potential for tissue engineering applications because of their versatile functionalities: similarity to the extracellular microenvironments, injectability allowing delivery in a minimally invasive manner to fill defects of any size and shape, tunability of chemical composition, and easy modification with biochemical factors. Cells can be loaded during the preparation of hydrogels, resulting in even cell distribution in the hydrogels. A variety of photo-crosslinkable hydrogels and their composites have been developed for tissue engineering of different tissues including cartilage, bone, and muscle. The chapter summarizes these photo-crosslinkable hydrogels, their synthesis, characteristics, and application for tissue engineering.


Photo-crosslinkable hydrogel Polymer hydrogel Tissue engineering Stem cells Cell function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Functional MaterialsNational Institute for Materials ScienceTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Nano Medical Engineering Laboratory, RIKEN & Emergent Bioengineering Materials Research TeamRIKEN Center for Emergent Matter ScienceWakoJapan

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