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Issue 12, 2014
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Light-induced remodeling of physically crosslinked hydrogels using near-IR wavelengths

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Abstract

Light-induced disintegration of physically crosslinked hydrogel networks has been demonstrated by selective photodeprotection of self-assembled triblock copolymers. Physical crosslinks can be disrupted through light-induced uncaging of coumarin-based blocks using single- and two-photon absorption mechanisms. Photodegradable hydrogels exhibit promising applications as biomedical materials that can be manipulated using light at tissue-transparent wavelengths.

Graphical abstract: Light-induced remodeling of physically crosslinked hydrogels using near-IR wavelengths

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Submitted
28 Nov 2013
Accepted
27 Jan 2014
First published
28 Jan 2014

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014,2, 1613-1618
Article type
Communication
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Light-induced remodeling of physically crosslinked hydrogels using near-IR wavelengths

C. Zhu and C. J. Bettinger, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 1613
DOI: 10.1039/C3TB21689F

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