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In-Situ Gelling Polymers

Part of the series Series in BioEngineering pp 151-185

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Polymeric Supramolecular Hydrogels as Materials for Medicine

  • Sebastian HackelbuschAffiliated withInstitute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, FU Berlin
  • , Sebastian SeiffertAffiliated withInstitute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, FU BerlinF-ISFM Soft Matter and Functional Materials, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin Email author 

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Abstract

This chapter describes some recent research in the field of supramolecular polymeric hydrogels. Eight examples are discussed that represent a small view of the plethora of these advanced functional materials. The examples described herein exhibit tunable physicochemical properties that allow for adjustment towards targeted applications in the biomedical field, including protein immobilization, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and dermocosmetics. The highly adaptive supramolecular polymeric hydrogels are likely to have a bright future as materials for medicine.

Keywords

Supramolecular Hydrogen bonding Ionic bonding Metal complexation Adaptive materials