January 20, 2015

Hydrogels deliver on blood-vessel growth

Rice researchers introduce improved injectable scaffold to promote healing

Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to aid healing with high-tech hydrogel.

Rice chemist Jeffrey Hartgerink, lead author Vivek Kumar and their colleagues have created a new version of the hydrogel that can be injected into an internal wound and help it heal while slowly degrading as it is replaced by natural tissue.