Smart gels contain fluids (usually water) in a matrix of large, complex polymers. These polymers are special in that they respond to stimuli in an advanced way. Types of stimuli that affect smart gels are physical and chemical factors. Applications of smart gels permeate into many various fields including both medical and industrial. While smart gels are in their infancy in the medical field, there is great promise for the technology. Self-healing hydro gels are a specialized type of polymer Hydrogels. A hydrogel is a macro-molecular polymer gel constructed of a network of cross-linked polymer chains. Self-healing refers to the spontaneous formation of new bonds when old bonds are broken within a material. These flesh-like properties have motivated the research and development of self-healing hydro gels in fields such as reconstructive Tissue engineering as scaffolding, as well as use in passive and preventive applications.
- Track 1-1 Responds in an advanced way
- Track 2-2 Medical and industrial applications
- Track 3-3 Spontaneous bond formation
- Track 4-4 Sealants and acid leaks
- Track 5-5 Tissue engineering and regeneration
- Track 6-6 Drug delivery