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Smart Hydrogels

  • Alessandro ParodiEmail author
  • S. M. Khaled
  • Iman K. Yazdi
  • Michael Evangelopoulos
  • Naama E. Toledano Furman
  • Xin Wang
  • Federico Urzi
  • Sarah Hmaidan
  • Kelly A. Hartman
  • Ennio Tasciotti
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6178-0_104-2

Synonyms

Definition

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,...

Keywords

Drug Release Acrylic Acid Lower Critical Solution Temperature Shape Memory Material Hydrolyze Polyacrylamide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Parodi
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. M. Khaled
    • 1
  • Iman K. Yazdi
    • 1
  • Michael Evangelopoulos
    • 1
  • Naama E. Toledano Furman
    • 1
  • Xin Wang
    • 1
  • Federico Urzi
    • 1
  • Sarah Hmaidan
    • 1
  • Kelly A. Hartman
    • 1
  • Ennio Tasciotti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NanomedicineHouston Methodist Research InstituteHoustonUSA