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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Review Article

Hydrogels as Antibacterial Biomaterials

Author(s): Weiguo Xu, Shujun Dong, Yuping Han*, Shuqiang Li* and Yang Liu*

Volume 24, Issue 8, 2018

Page: [843 - 854] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1381612824666180213122953

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Hydrogels, as a class of materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery, have high water content and solid-like mechanical properties. Currently, hydrogels with an antibacterial function are a research hotspot in biomedical field. Many advanced antibacterial hydrogels have been developed, each possessing unique qualities, namely high water swellability, high oxygen permeability, improved biocompatibility, ease of loading and releasing drugs and structural diversity. In this article, an overview is provided on the preparation and applications of various antibacterial hydrogels. Furthermore, the prospects in biomedical researches and clinical applications are predicted.

Keywords: Polymer, hydrogel, antibiotic, antibacterial capability, biomedical application, tissue engineering.

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