Chapter 10: Beyond Thermogels – Other Forms of Noncovalently Formed Polymeric Hydrogels
Published:27 Sep 2018
Chemically crosslinked covalent hydrogels form a permanent and often strong network, and they have been extensively used in drug delivery and tissue engineering. Noncovalently formed hydrogels show promise as inherently reversible systems with an ability to change in response to dynamic environments, and they have garnered strong interest recently. In this chapter, we describe a few key attractive properties of noncovalent hydrogels and summarise recent developments in hydrogels crosslinked using various noncovalent interactions. These hydrogels offer control of modulating material properties and are more relevant mimics of biological systems.