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Hydrogels control inflammation to help healing

December 18, 2019

Hydrogels for healing, synthesized from the molecules up by Rice University bioengineers, are a few steps closer to the…
Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

December 4, 2019

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents.…
Getting glued in the sea

November 12, 2019

New bio-inspired hydrogels can act like superglue in highly ionic environments such as seawater, overcoming issues in currently…
Scientists developed a technique, allowing 3D printing of soft objects

October 4, 2019

3D printing is a technology that allows making various objects quickly. It is very good for prototyping and…
Researchers develop thermo-responsive protein hydrogel

September 24, 2019

Imagine a perfectly biocompatible, protein-based drug delivery system durable enough to survive in the body for more than…
Peptide hydrogels could help heal traumatic brain injuries

August 29, 2019

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) –– defined as a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal…
Researchers in Zeinab Hosseini-Doust’s lab. From left: Randi Mahabir, Zeinab Hosseini-Doust and Lei Tian. Photo by JD Howell/McMaster University
Researchers use friendly viruses to make a gel that can heal itself – and you

July 31, 2019

McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses. The anti-bacterial gel, which can…
Rice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. Illustration by Reid Wilson (cropped image)
Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues

July 26, 2019

It’s important to know one’s new cells are getting nourishment. Rice University scientists are working on a way…
Hydrogel Offers Double Punch Against Orthopedic Bone Infections

June 25, 2019

Surgery prompted by automobile accidents, combat wounds, cancer treatment and other conditions can lead to bone infections that…
Hydrogels developed at Rice University incorporate crosslinkers that can incorporate bioactive molecules and help heal a variety of wounds. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Molecular bait can help hydrogels heal wounds

June 6, 2019

Like fishermen, Rice University bioengineers are angling for their daily catch. But their bait, biomolecules in a hydrogel scaffold, lures…
Scientists use molecular tethers and chemical ‘light sabers’ to construct platforms for tissue engineering

May 22, 2019

Tissue engineering could transform medicine. Instead of waiting for our bodies to regrow or repair damage after an…
Organ bioprinting gets a breath of fresh air

May 6, 2019

Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique…
Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

April 23, 2019

Human skeletal muscles have a unique combination of properties that materials researchers seek for their own creations. They’re…
These two hydrogels, adhered with an aqueous solution of polymer chains, come apart easily In the presence of UV light. Image/Video courtesy of Zhigang Suo/Harvard SEAS
A painless adhesive

December 28, 2018

Pulling off a Band-Aid may soon get a lot less painful. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School…
Turning stem cells into bone with nanoclay-reinforced hydrogel

November 30, 2018

Assistant professor Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz and colleagues have developed a hydrogel that combines synthetic materials with living cells, and…
Researchers Create a More Effective Hydrogel For Healing Wounds

November 21, 2018

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have created an easy-to-make, low-cost injectable hydrogel that could help wounds…
Biomaterial Particles Educate Immune System to Accept Transplanted Islets

June 8, 2018

By instructing key immune system cells to accept transplanted insulin-producing islets, researchers have opened a potentially new pathway…
Glaucoma can be treated at night – scientists developed new cannabis-based drugs and a hydrogel delivery system

April 12, 2018

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world. It is hard to treat and…
Hydrogel may help heal diabetic ulcers

March 23, 2018

A hydrogel invented at Rice University that is adept at helping the body heal may also be particularly…
Hydrogel helps heal without additives

March 16, 2018

Sometimes when you’re invested in a project you fail to notice things that turn out to be significant.…
Slow-release hydrogel aids immunotherapy for cancer

March 9, 2018

An immunotherapy drug embedded in a slow-release hydrogel invented at Rice University in collaboration with the University of…
New molecular printing technology could recreate complex chemical environments that resemble the human body

December 19, 2017

‘3DEAL’ is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such…
A new portable gel that could save an injured eye

December 11, 2017

When a soldier sustains a traumatic eye injury on the battlefield, any delay in treatment may lead to…
From a spaghetti-like jumble of microfibers and water comes a promising new material

December 6, 2017

Investigated for half a century, hydrogels are increasingly finding uses in areas including artificial tissue engineering, sustained drug…
Synthetic Hydrogels Deliver Cells to Repair Intestinal Injuries

October 24, 2017

By combining engineered polymeric materials known as hydrogels with complex intestinal tissue known as organoids – made from…
Transparent, gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

February 2, 2017

Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of…
Stretchy hydrogel ‘Band-Aid’ senses, lights up, delivers medicine

December 10, 2015

MIT engineers have designed what may be the Band-Aid of the future: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that…
Scientists Develop Flexible, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuit

August 26, 2015

Using a new gel, which contains properties seldom seen together – high conductivity, flexibility and room temperature self-healing…
Scientists create hydrogel that changes shape like an artificial muscle

August 12, 2015

Hydrogels are very curious objects for scientists these days. They have properties that science is trying to put…
Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-slip” Control of Capillary Action

July 28, 2015

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw…
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