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dc.contributor.authorWang, Y.
dc.contributor.authorMiao, Y.
dc.contributor.authorZhang, J.
dc.contributor.authorWu, J.
dc.contributor.authorKirk, Brett
dc.contributor.authorXu, J.
dc.contributor.authorMa, D.
dc.contributor.authorXue, W.
dc.identifier.citationWang, Y. and Miao, Y. and Zhang, J. and Wu, J. and Kirk, B. and Xu, J. and Ma, D. et al. 2017. Three-dimensional printing of shape memory hydrogels with internal structure for drug delivery. Materials Science and Engineering C. 84: pp. 44-51.

© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Hydrogels with shape memory behavior and internal structure have wide applications in fields ranging from tissue engineering and medical instruments to drug delivery; however, creating the hydrogels has proven to be extremely challenging. This study presents a three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to fabricate the shape memory hydrogels with internal structure (SMHs) by combining sodium alginate (alginate) and pluronic F127 diacrylate macromer (F127DA). SMHs were constituted by a dual network structure. One is a stable network which is formed by F127DA photo-crosslinking; the other one is a reversible network which is formed by Ca 2 + cross-linked alginate. SMHs recovery ratio was 98.15% in 10 min after Ca 2 + was removed in the Na 2 CO 3 solution, and the elastic modulus remains essentially stable after the shape memory cycle. It showed that the drug releasing rate is more rapid compared with traditional drug-loaded hydrogels in in vitro experiments. The viability of 3T3 fibroblasts remained intact which revealed its excellent biocompatibility. Therefore, SMHs have a huge prospect for application in drug carriers and tissue engineering scaffold.

dc.titleThree-dimensional printing of shape memory hydrogels with internal structure for drug delivery
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleMaterials Science and Engineering C
curtin.departmentSchool of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME)
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