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      Alginate: Properties and biomedical applications

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      Progress in Polymer Science
      Elsevier BV

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          Alginate is a biomaterial that has found numerous applications in biomedical science and engineering due to its favorable properties, including biocompatibility and ease of gelation. Alginate hydrogels have been particularly attractive in wound healing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications to date, as these gels retain structural similarity to the extracellular matrices in tissues and can be manipulated to play several critical roles. This review will provide a comprehensive overview of general properties of alginate and its hydrogels, their biomedical applications, and suggest new perspectives for future studies with these polymers.

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          Journal
          Progress in Polymer Science
          Progress in Polymer Science
          Elsevier BV
          00796700
          January 2012
          January 2012
          : 37
          : 1
          : 106-126
          Article
          10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2011.06.003
          3223967
          22125349
          6a2601f4-aa19-4778-912f-f738aac434e3
          © 2012

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