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Biopolymer chemist Lingyun Chen works in her lab at the U of A. Chen and her team are developing a hydrogel made from waste byproducts like crab shells and wood chips that can repair itself when torn and could find uses in products like contact lenses or pill capsules. Image credit: Sean Townsend/University of Alberta
Researchers create ‘artificial cartilage’ that can repair itself

January 9, 2020

New hydrogel made from forestry and fishing waste could help replace petroleum-based products from contact lenses to pill…
First Hydrogel to Repair Heart Is Safe to Inject in Humans

September 17, 2019

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical…
UNH Researchers Create a Hydrogel Contact Lens to Treat Serious Eye Disease

March 15, 2019

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have created a hydrogel that could one day be made into…
Tough new hydrogel hybrid doesn’t dry out

June 27, 2016

If you leave a cube of Jell-O on the kitchen counter, eventually its water will evaporate, leaving behind…
Engineered hydrogel scaffolds enable growth of functioning human breast tissue

March 11, 2016

Whitehead Institute researchers have created a hydrogel scaffold replicating the environment found within the human breast. The scaffold…
Hydrogel superglue is 90 percent water

November 12, 2015

Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff…
Researchers show how new hydrogel can facilitate microsurgery

November 2, 2015

Skillful surgeons can do amazing things in extremely small places, but finding better ways to suture tiny blood…
Developing a Targeted Hydrogel to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

August 13, 2015

In the United States, more than 1 million people suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and its incidence…
Simple synthetic hydrogel is hard vertically and supple horizontally

January 30, 2015

Professor Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo, team leader Yasuhiro Ishida at RIKEN, and Takayoshi Sasaki at…
Hydrogels deliver on blood-vessel growth

January 20, 2015

Rice researchers introduce improved injectable scaffold to promote healing Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to…
‘Smart windows’ have potential to keep heat out and save energy

December 18, 2014

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in…
A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring

August 28, 2014

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. Before glucose is added, the…
A hydrogel that knows when to go

May 8, 2014

Rice University bioscaffold material degrades as bone grows to replace it  Rice University bioengineers have created a hydrogel…
Addition of pectin molecules strengthens silk biomaterials

April 30, 2014

Figure 1: The addition of pectin to silk proteins produces a soft, tissue-like hydrogel (left) with a complex…
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