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Thermoresponsive Hydrogels

Thermoresponsive hydrogels are being implemented for localized drug delivery applications. These materials are suitable for localized drug delivery because they can be tailored to change properties near physiological temperature (37 °C). They can exhibit fluid-like behavior at room temperature and transform into viscoelastic solids at body temperature.

Applications of these systems involve ocular drug delivery and as wound covering materials for the treatment of burns.

Future work in this area will focus on the creation of fully degradable, thermoresponsive polymers.