Wennink - Biodegradable Hydrogels by Physical and Enzymatic Crosslinking of Biomacromolecules - 2013
University of Twente, dissertation 2013
Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymer networks that can retain large amounts of water. Well known examples in everyday use are contact lenses and cosmetics like hair gels. In the past decades hydrogels for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications gained increasing interest. There hydrophilic nature resembles that of soft tissues and potential apllications are their use as tissue engineering scaffolds or as drug delivery vehicles. Moreover, due to their high water content hydrogels don't evoke serious immune reactions and show good cytocompatibility.