Smart hydrogel is defined as the polymer network able to respond to external stimuli through abrupt changes in the physical nature of the network.
Polymer Science in Medicine
The first application of polymers in the medical field can date back to the 1940s when polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) was used for the replacement of damaged corneas. Since then, the mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of polymers have been extensively investigated and utilized for numerous medical applications. In particular, regenerative medicine has benefited greatly from polymer research and development. Polymers can now replace metal devices used in orthopedic settings, and the investigation into the development of new biomaterials to repair and substitute body tissues is proceeding with great momentum. Today, the use of polymers has an extensive array of applications in medicine. They have a major role in replacing damaged bones,...
KeywordsDrug Release Acrylic Acid Lower Critical Solution Temperature Shape Memory Material Hydrolyze Polyacrylamide
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