362 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 45 B/W Illus.
The book deals with the synthesis and characterization of hydrogels specifically used as drug delivery systems. Each chapter includes the most recent updates about the different starting materials employed and the improvement of their physicochemical and biological properties to synthetize high performing carriers for specific uses.
Introduction: Hydrogel as useful carrier for drug delivery systems: an overview. Synthesis of protein-based hydrogels as drug delivery devices. Synthesis of polysaccharide-based hydrogels as drug delivery devices. Synthetic hydrogels as drug delivery devices. Nanocomposite hydrogels: Synthesis and characterization. pH-sensitive drug-delivery hydrogels: synthesis and applications. Thermo-sensitive drug-delivery hydrogels: synthesis and applications. Enzyme-responsive hydrogels: synthesis and applications. Nanocomposites hydrogels as electro and magneto-responsive devices. Multi-responsive drug delivery hydrogels. Mucoadhesive Hydrogels: a valuable strategy for the prolonged-delivery of drugs. Hydrogel as carrier for large-molecule delivery. DNA delivery vectors for gene-therapy. Synthesis and application of molecularly imprinted hydrogels for specific release of the therapeutics.