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Keywords:

  • Biomedical applications;
  • Hydrogels;
  • MESA;
  • micromasonry;
  • PEG;
  • polymeric materials;
  • scaffold;
  • self-assembly;
  • tissue engineering
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A biocompatible method for general construction of 3D structures by aggregation of micrometric polymeric subunits is presented. Shape-controlled microgels are forced to self-assemble, in a structure similar to a brick wall, in different shapes by limiting their movement onto a surface. Scaffolds with high spatial resolution in the aggregation and composed by the addition of multiple layers are produced.