Self-healing properties of hydrogels based on natural polymers

Guoxing Deng, Wing Tak Wong, Minjian Huang, Runyu Wu, Wing Fu Lai

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Living tissues can be healed after being damaged. If synthetic materials based on natural polymers also show self-healing properties, their life span can be maximized, with the consumption of limited natural resources being reduced. This need can be fulfilled by recent advances in chemical technologies, which make the generation of self-healing hydrogels possible. In this chapter, methods of generating self-healing hydrogels, especially those derived from natural products, are introduced. Current strategies for designing hydrogel microstructures for self-healing purposes and for characterizing the performance of a self-healing hydrogel generated from natural polymers are also reviewed. The aim of this chapter is to inspire the development of self-healing hydrogels for biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrogels Based on Natural Polymers
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780128164211
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Bonding
  • Cross-linking
  • Hydrogels
  • Microcapsules
  • Natural polymers
  • Self-healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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