Strain-Promoted Crosslinking of PEG-based Hydrogels via Copper-Free Cycloaddition.

The synthesis of a 4-dibenzocyclooctynol (DIBO) functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG) and fabrication of hydrogels via strain-promoted, metal-free, azide-alkyne cycloaddition is reported. The resulting hydrogel materials provide a versatile alternative in which to encapsulate cells that are sensitive to photochemical or chemical crosslinking mechanisms.