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Structural Strategies of Supramolecular Hydrogels and Their Applications

Version 1 : Received: 1 February 2023 / Approved: 3 February 2023 / Online: 3 February 2023 (07:28:12 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 2 February 2023 / Approved: 6 February 2023 / Online: 6 February 2023 (10:32:53 CET)

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Sánchez-Fernández, J.A. Structural Strategies for Supramolecular Hydrogels and Their Applications. Polymers 2023, 15, 1365. Sánchez-Fernández, J.A. Structural Strategies for Supramolecular Hydrogels and Their Applications. Polymers 2023, 15, 1365.


Supramolecular structures are of great interest due to their applicability in various scientific and industrial fields. These fields of scientific action include promising applications i biomedical areas, in sensing, and in conductive and electrical phases. The sensible definition of supramolecular molecules is being set by investigators, who, because of the different sensitivities of their methods and observational timescales, may have different views as to what constitute these supramolecular structures. Besides, diverse polymers can be found to offer unique avenues for multifunctional systems with properties in medicine industrial applications. Aspects of this review provide different conceptual strategies to address molecular design, properties, and potential applications of self-assembly materials and the use of metal coordination as a feasible and useful strategy for constructing complex supramolecular structures. In this order of appreciations and ideas order, it is that this review report involves classic topics such as hydrogels that range from their relationship with drug delivery systems, to metallo-supramolecular materials, through applications in ophthalmic systems, in applications that require adhesiveness and electrically conductive hydrogels. This review also addresses systems that are largely based on hydrogel chemistry and the enormous opportunities to design very specific structures for applications that demand enormous specificity.


Supramolecular hydrogels; hydrogel chemistry; self-healing hydrogels; adhesive hydrogels; conductive hydrogels; clays; 3D structures


Chemistry and Materials Science, Applied Chemistry

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