Stimuli Responsive Poly(Vinyl Caprolactam) Gels for Biomedical Applications
AbstractPoly(vinyl caprolactam) (PNVCL) is one of the most important thermoresponsive polymers because it is similar to poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide). PNVCL precipitates from aqueous solutions in a physiological temperature range (32–34 °C). The use of PNVCL instead of PNIPAM is considered advantageous because of the assumed lower toxicity of PNVCL. PNVCL copolymer gels are sensitive to external stimuli, such as temperature and pH; which gives them a wide range of biomedical applications and consequently attracts considerable scientific interest. This review focuses on the recent studies on PNVCL-based stimuli responsive three dimensional hydrogels (macro, micro, and nano) for biomedical applications. This review also covers the future outlooks of PNVCL-based gels for biomedical applications, particularly in the drug delivery field. View Full-Text
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Rao, K.M.; Rao, K.S.V.K.; Ha, C.-S. Stimuli Responsive Poly(Vinyl Caprolactam) Gels for Biomedical Applications. Gels 2016, 2, 6.
Rao KM, Rao KSVK, Ha C-S. Stimuli Responsive Poly(Vinyl Caprolactam) Gels for Biomedical Applications. Gels. 2016; 2(1):6.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rao, Kummara M.; Rao, Kummari S.V.K.; Ha, Chang-Sik. 2016. "Stimuli Responsive Poly(Vinyl Caprolactam) Gels for Biomedical Applications." Gels 2, no. 1: 6.
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