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Conference Papers in Science
Volume 2014, Article ID 403472, 7 pages
Conference Paper

Poly(vinyl alcohol): Physical Approaches to Designing Biomaterials for Biomedical Applications

Department of Biomaterials, King’s College London Dental Institute, Floor 17, Tower Wing, London SE1 9RT, UK

Received 22 November 2013; Accepted 12 February 2014; Published 20 March 2014

Academic Editors: J. Gough and R. Sammons

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Shathani Nkhwa at “UK Society for Biomaterials Annual Conference 2013” held from 24 June 2013 to 25 June 2013 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Copyright © 2014 Shathani Nkhwa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Poly(vinyl alcohol) is a non-toxic, biosynthetic polymer and biocompatible polymer that has the ability to form hydrogels either via chemical or physical crosslinking. Whilst chemical crosslinking provides greater control on the properties of the resultant hydrogel, physically crosslinked hydrogels or blends with other biocompatible polymers are more suited for biomedical applications. In this paper we report a systematic study on the effect of varying concentrations of PVA, physical methods of crosslinking, and PVA-gelatin and PVA-PVP blends on the physical and mechanical properties of the hydrogels.