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Multifunctional Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications

Version 1 : Received: 19 February 2021 / Approved: 22 February 2021 / Online: 22 February 2021 (08:48:20 CET)

How to cite: Barrett-Catton, E.; Ross, M.L.; Asuri, P. Multifunctional Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications. Preprints 2021, 2021020449 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0449.v1). Barrett-Catton, E.; Ross, M.L.; Asuri, P. Multifunctional Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications. Preprints 2021, 2021020449 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0449.v1).

Abstract

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.

Subject Areas

multifunctional; hydrogel nanocomposties; tissue engineering; drug delivery; wound healing; bioprinting; biowearable devices

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