HYDROGELS

INJECTABLE POLYMERS FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY REPAIR


My 2008 Research

My research involves developing and testing a polymer that will have properties that make it suitable for injection into injured spinal cord tissue. 


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BioMaterials

Here I am in the Biomaterials lab at Drexel, preparing a polymer to be made into a hydrogel. 

Shown below are samples of the hydrogel scaffold that results from mixing the powdered form of the polymer with Phosphate Buffered Saline to make a solution which is molded in wells and then placed into a water bath.  The result is a hydrogel about the size of a shirt button that exhibits some unusual behavior.  Unlike Jello which melts when heated, these solutions become a hydrogel when heated to a temperature that matches the spinal cord environment.  Check out my lesson plan for a further explanation. 

 


Contact Information

Arthur Gutzler

Father Judge High School

3301 Solly Avenue

Philadelphia, Pa.  19136

e-mail:  agutzler@fatherjudge.com


  

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