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Recent Advances in Metal-Containing Polymer Hydrogels

Recent Advances in Metal-Containing Polymer Hydrogels
Hui Li, Chuanbing Tang, Parasmani Pageni, Peng Yang
Metal-containing polymer hydrogels have attracted increasing interest in recent years due to their outstanding properties such as biocompatibility, recoverability, self-healing, and/or redox activity. In this short review, methods for the preparation of metal-containing polymer hydrogels are introduced and an overview of these hydrogels with various functionalities is given. It is hoped that this short update can stimulate innovative ideas to promote the research of metal-containing hydrogels in the communities. Metal-containing polymer hydrogels have emerging applications in many fields such as tissue engineering, protein separation, drug delivery, and water treatment. This review summarizes the formation of metal-containing hydrogels using different molecular interactions (metal coordination, prototypical covalent bonding, and a hybrid of both) to make crosslinking networks.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700109

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