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Conducting Polymers and Their Applications in Diabetes Management.

Conducting Polymers and Their Applications in Diabetes Management.
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Zhao Y, Cao L, Li L, Cheng W, Xu L, Ping X, Pan L, Shi Y,


Zhao Y, Cao L, Li L, Cheng W, Xu L, Ping X, Pan L, Shi Y, (click to view)

Zhao Y, Cao L, Li L, Cheng W, Xu L, Ping X, Pan L, Shi Y,

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Sensors (Basel, Switzerland) 2016 Oct 2616(11) pii E1787
Abstract

Advances in conducting polymers (CPs) have promoted the development of diabetic monitoring and treatment, which is of great significance in human healthcare and modern medicine. CPs are special polymers with physical and electrochemical features resembling metals, inorganic semiconductors and non-conducting polymers. To improve and extend their properties, the fabrication of CPs and CP composites has attracted intensive attention in recent decades. Some CPs are biocompatible and suitable for biomedical use. Thus, the intriguing properties of CPs make wearable, noninvasive, continuous diabetes managing devices and other potential applications in diabetes possible in the near future. To highlight the recent advances of CPs and their derived materials (especially in conducting polymer hydrogels), here we discuss their fabrication and characterization, review the current state-of-the-art research in diabetes management based on these materials and describe current challenges as well as future potential research directions.

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