Structure of a Hydrogel 5

Structure of a Hydrogel 5

Sufeng Zhang, Amy Jin, Robert Langer, Giovanni Traverso

Koch Institute at MIT, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

This image shows the interior structure of a hydrogel at nanoscale. This material was designed to deliver drugs in a targeted way to the inflamed regions in human gut. The nano-sized particles with thread-like connections form a network looking like “grapes on a vine”; this could potentially be used for drug delivery and mimicking the mucus network in the gut mucosa.

close up view of three dimensional irregular web-like patterns

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