Better biomedical hydrogels developed by adjusting processing temperatures

Written by Georgi Makin

hydrogel processing temperature diagram
CREDIT: Heon E. Park

An international team of researchers has found that by adjusting hydrogel processing temperature to at or below body temperature, it is possible to create robust materials with more effective functionality when used in the body. Researchers from New Zealand, Canada and the USA have studied the effect of temperature on the development of hydrogels, determining that hydrogels created at body temperature or below are more robust and function more effectively in the body. Described in Physics of Fluids, the researchers claim that the hydrogels created could be used in biomedical applications in tissue repair, as surgical sealants and in 3D...

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