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Photopolymerization as a Method for Synthesis Hydrogel-Based Transdermal Systems
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1  Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Engineering and Physics, Department of Materials Engineering
2  Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Automation and Computer Science
3  Department of Chemotherapy, Medical University of Lodz, Copernicus Memorial Hospital of Lodz, 90-549 Lodz, Poland
Academic Editor: Alfredo Berzal-Herranz (registering DOI)

Photopolymerization has emerged as a powerful technique for designing hydrogel-based transdermal delivery systems. This innovative method harnesses light-induced chemical reactions to create crosslinked hydrogel networks, offering precise control over drug release and enhanced therapeutic outcomes. This abstract explores the multifaceted role of photopolymerization in the formulation of transdermal hydrogel systems, discussing its principles, advantages, and diverse applications.

One of the primary advantages of photopolymerization is its ability to achieve rapid and on-demand gelation. This facilitates the incorporation of a wide range of therapeutic agents, including hydrophobic drugs and biologics, into the hydrogel matrix. Additionally, the spatiotemporal control afforded by photopolymerization enables the creation of gradient drug release profiles, optimizing drug permeation through the skin.

This abstract described challenges associated with photopolymerization-based hydrogel systems. The potential of photopolymerization to revolutionize the transdermal drug delivery field, by providing precise dosing control and minimizing skin irritation, makes it an exciting area of research in pharmaceutical and biomaterial sciences.

This research was carried out within the SMART-MAT Functional Materials Science Club of the Faculty of Materials Engineering and Physics of Cracow University of Technology as part of the 3rd edition of the program "Student research clubs create innovation" through the project titled „Transdermal systems in targeted therapy of skin cancer” financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant no: SKN 157/568410/2023)

Keywords: photopolymerization, hydrogels, transdermal systems