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Gels Handbook explores significant development of hydrogels

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Hydrogels are made from a three-dimensional network of cross-linked hydrophilic polymers or colloidal particles that contain a large fraction of water. In recent years, hydrogels have attracted significant attention for a variety of applications in biology and medicine. This has resulted in significant advances in the design and engineering of hydrogels to meet the needs of these applications. This handbook explores significant development of hydrogels from characterization and applications.

A three-volume set edited by Utkan Demirci (Stanford) & Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard), Gels Handbook: Fundamentals, Properties and Applications is a must-have reference resource for pharmaceutical researchers and bioengineers, material scientists, biologists, physicians and students with an interest in the field of tissue engineering.

Volume 1, Fundamentals of Hydrogels, covers state-of-art knowledge and techniques of fundamental aspects of hydrogel physics and chemistry with an eye on bioengineering applications. Edited by Qi Wen (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA) and Yi Dong (OPKO Diagnostics, LLC, OPKO Health, Inc., USA), its topics include the types and chemistry of natural and synthetic hydrogels, hydrogel formation via photo-crosslink and self-assembly, the methods of tuning hydrogel mechanical properties and architecture, the techniques of tailoring hydrogel adhesiveness and biodegradability, and the development of environmental responsive hydrogels.

Volume 2, Applications of Hydrogels in Regenerative Medicine, is edited by Mohammad Reza Abidian (Pennsylvania State University (University of Houston, USA (as of Sep 2015), Umut Atakan Gurkan (Case Western Reserve University, USA) and Faramarz Edalat (Emory University, USA). The work explores the use of hydrogels in the interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering, presenting the design and application of various types of hydrogels in engineering of tissues and organs, including the skin, eye, bone and cartilage, heart, blood vessels, lung, liver, pancreas and urological organs. The role of hydrogels in stem cell differentiation and creation of biological niches mimicking native tissues is also discussed.

Volume 3, Application of Hydrogels in Drug Delivery and Biosensing, edited by Lifeng Kang (National University of Singapore) and Sheereen Majd (University of Houston, USA - formerly Pennsylvania State University, USA), focuses on two important aspects of hydrogels, that is, drug delivery and biosensing. For drug delivery, the authors present their work on synthetic, natural and supramolecular hydrogels. Injectable hydrogels and environment-responsive hydrogels are discussed in separate chapters because of their unique properties. For biosensing, topics including protein and cell laden hydrogels are discussed. Also included are biomolecular arrays patterning and cancer testing. In addition, as a special topic, the application of hydrogels in conjunction with microfluidic devices is discussed.

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The Gels Handbook: Fundamentals, Properties and Applications will be available at all major booksellers and distributors. The set comprising of 3 volumes is priced at US$1100 / £726. Both Sets are currently being sold at an introductory offer of US$890 / £587 valid till 31 May 2016.

About the Editors

Dr. Utkan Demirci is an Associate Professor with tenure at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA. He is affiliated with Radiology Department and Electrical Engineering Department by courtesy. In his laboratory, he leads a productive group of ~30 researchers focusing on micro/nanoscale technologies to understand, diagnose, monitor, and treat disease conditions. His microfluidic sperm selection technology has been translated through two start-up companies that Dr. Demirci has co-founded, namely DxNow Inc., and Koek Biotechnology, and these devices are being used in multiple countries at hundreds of fertility clinics and doctor's offices as a part of assisted reproductive technologies leading to successful births of thousands of newborns. Dr. Demirci has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal publications. Before Stanford, he served as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Health Sciences and Technology (HST) division. He received his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and both his master's degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and in Management Science and Engineering in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Stanford University. Dr. Demirci's work has been recognized by various awards including the IEEE EMBS Early Career Award; IEEE EMBS Translational Science Award; NSF CAREER Award; Coulter Foundation Early Career Award; HMS-Young Investigator Award; Chinese National Science Foundation International Young Scientist Award; TR-35 Award as one of the world's top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review.

Dr Ali Khademhosseini is a Full Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He is also a Junior Principal Investigator at Japan's World Premier International - Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) at Tohoku University where he directs a satellite laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering. Dr. Khademhosseini's interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 30 major national and international awards. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the US government for early career investigators. In 2011, he received the Pioneers of Miniaturization Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his contribution to microscale tissue engineering and microfluidics. In addition, he has received the young investigator awards of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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