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Findings from University of Cambridge in the Area of Materials Science Reported

March 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Investigators discuss new findings in Materials Science. According to news reporting originating from Cambridge, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "Interest in hydrogel materials is growing rapidly, due to the potential for hydrogel use in tissue engineering and drug delivery applications, and as coatings on medical devices. However, a key limitation with the use of hydrogel materials in many applications is their relatively poor mechanical properties compared with those of (less biocompatible) solid polymers."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Cambridge, "In this review, basic chemistry, microstructure and processing routes for common natural and synthetic hydrogel materials are explored first. Underlying structure properties relationships for hydrogels are considered. A series of mechanical testing modalities suitable for hydrogel characterisation are next considered, including emerging test modalities, such as nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) indentation. As the data analysis depends in part on the material's constitutive behaviour, a series of increasingly complex constitutive models will be examined, including elastic, viscoelastic and theories that explicitly treat the multiphasic poroelastic nature of hydrogel materials."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Results from the existing literature on agar and polyacrylamide mechanical properties are compiled and compared, highlighting the challenges and uncertainties inherent in the process of gel mechanical characterisation."

For more information on this research see: Mechanical characterisation of hydrogel materials. International Materials Reviews, 2014;59(1):44-59. International Materials Reviews can be contacted at: Maney Publishing, Ste 1C, Josephs Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB, W Yorks, England.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.L. Oyen, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Materials Science

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