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  • Patent number: 9175153
    Abstract: The present invention provides cellulose hydrogels having one or more of the following properties: high water content, high transparency, high oxygen permeability, high biocompatibility, high tensile strength and desirable thermal stability. The present invention further provides a process for preparing a cellulose hydrogel comprising (i) a step of activating cellulose, in which the activating step comprises contacting the cellulose with a solvent to activate the cellulose for a time duration from about 2 hours to about 30 hours; (ii) substantially dissolving the activated cellulose to form a solution; and (iii) gelling the solution to form a gel, in which the gelling step comprises allowing the solution to gel in an environment comprising a relative humidity from about 30% to about 80% at 35° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Morgana M. Trexler, Jenna L. Graham, Jennifer L. Breidenich, Jeffrey P. Maranchi, Julia B. Patrone, Marcia W. Patchan, Jennifer H. Elisseeff, Xiomara Calderon-Colon