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Conventional and Environmentally-Sensitive Hydrogels for Medical and Industrial Uses: A Review Paper

  • Allan S. Hoffman


Hydrogels are water-swollen polymer networks. They are of great interest both medically and commerically. Conventional hydrogels change little in swelling with environmental conditions while stimuli-responsive hydrogels may swell or deswell sharply with relatively small changes of temperature or pH. A general review of the principles and applications of these interesting materials is presented here.


Lower Critical Solution Temperature Polyethylene Oxide Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Vinyl Methyl Ether Ethyl Oxazoline 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan S. Hoffman
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  1. 1.Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Dept., FL-20University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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