Barrett-Catton, E.; Ross, M.L.; Asuri, P. Multifunctional Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications. Polymers2021, 13, 856.
Barrett-Catton, E.; Ross, M.L.; Asuri, P. Multifunctional Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications. Polymers 2021, 13, 856.
Hydrogels are used for various biomedical applications due to their biocompatibility, capacity to mimic the extracellular matrix, and ability to encapsulate and deliver cells and therapeutics. However, traditional hydrogels have a few shortcomings, especially regarding their physical properties, thereby limiting their broad applicability. Recently, researchers have investigated the incorporation of nanoparticles (NPs) into hydrogels to improve and add to the physical and biochemical properties of hydrogels. This brief review focuses on papers that describe the use of nanoparticles to improve more than one property of hydrogels. Such multifunctional hydrogel nanocomposites have enhanced potential for various applications, including tissue engineering, drug delivery, wound healing, bioprinting and biowearable devices.
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