The development of a synthetic biomimetic hydrogel for tissue engineering applications
In-vitro cell culture slowly moves traditional 2D to more realistic 3D experiments. This change requires new culture conditions. The currently best performing materials for 3D cultures are animal-based and have poor reproducibility. In this talk, I will discuss a unique synthetic material that exhibits the architecture and mechanical properties of biological matrices. This soft hydrogel is readily functionalised with any desired biofunctional group, which allows for full customisation. Early in-vitro and in-vivo experiments show excellent biocompatibility with high cell viability and virtually no immuno response.
About Paul Kouwer
Paul Kouwer is Assistant professor at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and had held postdoc positions at University of Hull and MIT. His research interests are: materials science, functional organic materials, liquid crystals, hydrogels photovoltaics, physcial organic chemistry.
A feature article on Paul Kouwer’s research appeared in C2W magazine. You can read it here.