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3D and 4D Bioprinting: Additive Manufacturing of Smart Biodegradable Hydrogels

Project description

Smart biogels contract and expand on demand

Hydrogels are 3D polymer networks held together by chemical or physical bonds and trapping water or another aqueous solution in their intermolecular spaces. With significant advances in synthetic materials and functionalisation, these versatile materials have garnered tremendous interest for applications including biosensing, drug delivery and tissue engineering. The EU-funded 4D-Biogel project will exploit 3D printing to produce smart biogels that can change shape in response to near-infrared (near-IR) radiation. Since near-IR can penetrate deep tissue non-destructively, these small-volume hydrogels will be able to expand or contract on demand creating precise temporal and spatial control for high-tech applications in areas from tissue regeneration to robotics.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Net EU contribution
€ 263 732,16
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Brooklyn Avenue Ne 4333
98195 9472 Seattle Wa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 177 265,92