Hydrogel-derived luminescent scaffolds for biomedical applications

Yujiao Yang, Yang Zhang, Sheng Xie, Youhong Tang, Zebing Zeng, Ben Zhong Tang

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As a hierarchical polymeric scaffold swollen by a high content of water, hydrogels are transparent, stretchable, dynamic, ionic, and biologically friendly materials that can transmit optical, mechanical, chemical, and electrical signals, thus stimulating enormous opportunities at the interface of soft living matter and machines. In this review, we discuss hydrogel-derived luminescent materials and their biomedical applications associated with the chemistry of the materials. We examine how luminescence features can be integrated with highly modifiable hydrogels to extend the frontiers of luminescent materials, and how luminescence based lighting, sensing, imaging, and actuating technologies can be implemented on hydrogel scaffolds for biomedical use. We also highlight emerging health technologies on the basis of the luminescent hydrogels and discuss the challenges and the future of the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3524-3548
Number of pages25
JournalMaterials Chemistry Frontiers
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021


  • health technologies
  • hydrogel-derived luminescent
  • biomedical applications
  • hydrogels
  • polymeric scaffold


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