Cryogels are gel matrices that are formed in moderately frozen solutions of monomeric or polymeric precursors. Cryogels typically have interconnected macropores (or supermacropores), allowing unhindered diffusion of solutes of practically any size, as well as mass transport of nano- and even microparticles. The unique structure of cryogels, in combination with their osmotic, chemical and mechanical stability, makes them attractive matrices for chromatography of biological nanoparticles (plasmids, viruses, cell organelles) and even whole cells. Polymeric cryogels are efficient carriers for the immobilization of biomolecules and cells.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Trends in Biotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Oct 2003|