New materials and technology for cell immobilization

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1991 Jun;2(3):385-9. doi: 10.1016/s0958-1669(05)80143-0.


The choice of support materials for immobilizing cells is rapidly expanding. The literature that has appeared over the past year suggests that hydrogels will remain the first choice for the forseeable future, even though they are associated with many widely recognized problems. There is increasing interest in the use of tougher polymeric materials, and especially of inorganic ceramic supports. However, the most suitable cell support can be selected only after the process or form of reactor in which it is to be used has been assessed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Movement
  • Cells, Cultured*
  • Gels
  • Materials Testing
  • Polymers


  • Gels
  • Polymers