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.
|Title of host publication||Hydrogels Based on Natural Polymers|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
- Natural polymers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)