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Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications

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  • ALLAN S. HOFFMAN

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    1. Bioengineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
      Address for correspondence: Allan S. Hoffman, Sc.D., Bioengineering Department, Box 352255, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA; hoffman@u.washington.edu.
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Address for correspondence: Allan S. Hoffman, Sc.D., Bioengineering Department, Box 352255, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA; hoffman@u.washington.edu.

Abstract

Abstract: This paper reviews the composition and synthesis of hydrogels, the character of their absorbed water, and permeation of solutes within their swollen matrices. The most important properties of hydrogels relevant to their biomedical applications are also identified, in particular for use of hydrogels as drug and cell carriers, and as tissue engineering matrices.

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