The Formation Mechanism of Hydrogels.

  title={The Formation Mechanism of Hydrogels.},
  author={Liyan Lu and Shiliang Yuan and Jing Wang and Yun Li Shen and Shuwen Deng and Luyang Xie and Qixiang Yang},
  journal={Current stem cell research & therapy},
  volume={13 7},
Hydrogels are degradable polymeric networks, in which cross-links play a vital role in structure formation and degradation. Cross-linking is a stabilization process in polymer chemistry that leads to the multi-dimensional extension of polymeric chains, resulting in network structures. By crosslinking, hydrogels are formed into stable structures that differ from their raw materials. Generally, hydrogels can be prepared from either synthetic or natural polymers. Based on the types of cross-link… CONTINUE READING