Advances in Hydrogels for 3D Printing

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Processing and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 205

Special Issue Editors

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Functional Nanomaterials, Department of Material Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kiel University, 24143 Kiel, Germany
Interests: polymer characterization; 3D printing; polymers; nanomaterials; polymer engineering; biopolymers; hydrogels

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Institute of Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kiel University, 24143 Kiel, Germany
Interests: bio-inspired materials; biosensors; biomedical engineering; molecularly imprinted polymers; molecular modelling; encapsulation; bioactive compounds
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hydrogels are soft polymeric solids with high water content, known for their porous structure and high tuneability. Typically, they are built-up of long chains of synthetic or natural polymers which are then crosslinked to each other. This forms an inseparable network capable of high diffusion and high capacity. The possibility to incorporate natural or synthetic molecules, nano- and microparticles, to functionalize and tailor their properties makes them excellent platforms for applications in medicine or energy-related questions. Additive manufacturing as a 3D-shaping method provides a suitable process to capitalize on the advantages of hydrogels. There are numerous methods for additive manufacturing such as extrusion-based techniques or inkjet printing. For instance, larger channels can be incorporated within the hydrogels to use them as capacitor electrolytes, cell templates or filters.

This Special Issue aims to collate research papers that highlight the remarkable capabilities of 3D-printed hydrogels and the advantages that additively manufactured hydrogels possess, particularly focusing on their applications in the fields of medicine and energy.

Dr. Leonard Siebert
Prof. Dr. Zeynep Altintas
Guest Editors

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  • hydrogels
  • 3D printing
  • templates
  • functionalization
  • nanomaterials

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