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Nanogels for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications and Their Fabrication Using 3D Printing Technologies

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Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 230 Park Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932, USA
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Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, 216 S Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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Materials 2018, 11(2), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11020302
Received: 11 January 2018 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 14 February 2018 / Published: 16 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications)
Nanogels are hydrogels formed by connecting nanoscopic micelles dispersed in an aqueous medium, which give an opportunity for incorporating hydrophilic payloads to the exterior of the micellar networks and hydrophobic payloads in the core of the micelles. Biomedical and pharmaceutical applications of nanogels have been explored for tissue regeneration, wound healing, surgical device, implantation, and peroral, rectal, vaginal, ocular, and transdermal drug delivery. Although it is still in the early stages of development, due to the increasing demands of precise nanogel production to be utilized for personalized medicine, biomedical applications, and specialized drug delivery, 3D printing has been explored in the past few years and is believed to be one of the most precise, efficient, inexpensive, customizable, and convenient manufacturing techniques for nanogel production. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogels; nanogels; 3D printing hydrogels; nanogels; 3D printing
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Cho, H.; Jammalamadaka, U.; Tappa, K. Nanogels for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications and Their Fabrication Using 3D Printing Technologies. Materials 2018, 11, 302.

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