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Hydrogels in regenerative medicine: towards understanding structure-function relationships.

Mather, M; Tomlins, P E (2010) Hydrogels in regenerative medicine: towards understanding structure-function relationships. Regenerative Med., 5 (5). pp. 809-821.

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Abstract

Hydrogels are playing an increasing role in regenerative medicine owing to their growing functional sophistication. This is being underpinned by advances in hydrogel synthesis, particularly through molecular and genetic engineering which are enabling greater control of hydrogel structure and the emergence of new functionalities (e.g. self-assembly). In order to exploit this capability it is necessary to fully understand the relationship between hydrogel structure and function. This paper will highlight the key role metrology has to play in identification of structure-function relationships and identify possible measurement strategies to elucidate them. Further, the need for establishment of procedural standards for hydrogel characterization will be discussed as well as the need for research effort to develop new and improve the capabilities of current measurement strategies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Hydrogel, regenerative medicine, structure-function, metrology, characterization
Subjects: Biotechnology
Biotechnology > Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Characterisation
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:15
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4775

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