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The Global Market for Hydrogels 2024-2034

  • Report

  • 274 Pages
  • October 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Future Markets, Inc
  • ID: 5651311

The Global Market for Hydrogels 2024-2034 provides a comprehensive analysis of the global hydrogel landscape, technologies, companies, and applications across major industry verticals. It examines market drivers, trends, revenues, SWOT analyses, and hydrogel products across healthcare, water management, agriculture, construction, electronics, energy, and more.

The report profiles over 70 leading companies developing innovative hydrogel technologies and products. It covers natural and synthetic hydrogel chemistries, smart hydrogels, self-healing hydrogels, conductive hydrogels, 4D printing, and emerging chemistries.

Detailed application segments analyze hydrogels for wound care, drug delivery, medical implants, biosensors, flexible electronics, batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, self-healing concrete, lubricants, agriculture, food packaging, and water purification. Regional and global market forecasts are provided. This study serves as a strategic guide for companies and investors looking to capitalize on the major growth opportunities for hydrogels across a diverse set of high-potential markets and applications.

Report contents include:

  • Overview of hydrogel properties, classifications, synthesis methods, formulations
  • Analysis of natural vs synthetic hydrogels, emerging chemistries
  • Smart hydrogels: thermosensitive, pH-sensitive, self-healing, shape memory
  • Advanced hydrogels: luminescent, nanomaterial-based, 3D/4D printed
  • Hydrogel market size, growth forecasts across industries: healthcare, water, agriculture, construction, electronics, energy, sensors, membranes
  • Healthcare applications: wound care, drug delivery, implants, tissue engineering, cosmetics, biosensors
  • Water purification methods: adsorption, solar evaporation, filtration, magnetics
  • Agriculture uses: fertilizers, soil amendments, livestock feed, seed coatings
  • Construction applications: self-healing concrete, thermal management, humidity control
  • Flexible electronics uses: batteries, supercapacitors, printed circuits, transistors
  • Energy applications: battery electrodes & electrolytes, fuel cell membranes, solar cells
  • Sensors and membrane applications: chemical separation, bioreactors, drug delivery
  • Profiles of 70 leading companies developing innovative hydrogel technologies and products. Companies profiled include AmacaThera, Amferia AB, Boston Scientific, Hydrogel Concrete Solutions, Nexgel, Polyrizon Ltd, PneumoNIX, Surge Therapeutics, and Ventrix Bio. 
  • SWOT analysis examining strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for hydrogels in major application markets
  • Growth drivers, trends, and challenges in key hydrogel application areas

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Table of Contents

3.1 What are hydrogels?
3.1.1 Structure Hybrid hydrogels Nanocomposite hydrogels Macromolecular microsphere composite (MMC) hydrogels Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (IPN) hydrogels Double-network (DN) hydrogels
3.1.2 Classification Based on source Based on composition Based on configuration Based on crosslinking Size Microgels Nanogels Environmental response Degradability
3.1.3 Formulations
3.1.4 Benefits of hydrogels
3.2 Synthesis of hydrogels
3.2.1 Chemical Crosslinking Via monomers Via polymers Enzymatic crosslinking
3.2.2 Physical Crosslinking
3.3 Molecular toolkits
3.4 Natural vs synthetic
3.5 Natural polymers
3.5.1 Cellulose
3.5.2 Alginate
3.5.3 Agarose
3.5.4 Carrageenan
3.5.5 Chitosan
3.5.6 Collagen
3.5.7 Dextran
3.5.8 Hyaluronic acid
3.5.9 Lignin
3.5.10 Engineered living materials (ELMs) Description Benefits Bio ELM vs hybrid ELM Funghi - mycelial materials Bacterial
3.6 Synthetic (polymeric) hydrogels
3.6.1 Polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels
3.6.2 Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAAm) hydrogels
3.6.3 Sodium polyacrylate hydrogels
3.6.4 Polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogels
3.6.5 Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels
3.6.6 Polyacrylate hydrogels
3.7 Emerging hydrogel chemistries
3.8 Smart Hydrogels
3.8.1 Thermo-Sensitive Hydrogels
3.8.2 pH-Sensitive Hydrogels
3.8.3 Electro-Sensitive hydrogels
3.8.4 Light-Responsive hydrogels
3.8.5 Enzyme-Sensitive Hydrogels
3.8.6 Shape memory hydrogels (SMH) Tough shape memory hydrogels Triple-/multi-shape memory hydrogels
3.9 Luminescent hydrogels
3.10 Nanomaterial based hydrogels
3.10.1 Graphene
3.10.2 Carbon nanotubes
3.10.3 Nanoclays
3.10.4 Cellulose nanofibers
3.10.5 Cellulose nanocrystals
3.11 Directly bonded hydrogels
3.12 Interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogels
3.13 3D and 4D printed hydrogels
3.14 Hydrogel toxigens
3.15 Challenges

4.1 Applications roadmap
4.2 Materials hydrogels compete with, by industry
4.3 Hydrogel revenues
4.3.1 By market 2020-2034
4.3.2 By hydrogel type 2020-2034
4.3.3 By region 2020-2034 North America Europe Asia-Pacific
4.4 Healthcare and wellness
4.4.1 Market overview
4.4.2 Market drivers
4.4.3 Hydrogel medical products Oral delivery Ocular (Contact lenses) Wound dressings Skin sensors
4.4.4 Injectable hydrogels Overview Products
4.4.5 Medical implants Overview
4.4.6 Tissue engineering Overview Products
4.4.7 Skin care and cosmetics Overview Products
4.4.8 Facial correction/aesthetic products Overview Products
4.4.9 Biosensors Market overview
4.4.10 Other biomedical applications
4.4.11 SWOT analysis
4.4.12 Global revenues
4.5 Water purification and capture
4.5.1 Market overview
4.5.2 Market drivers
4.5.3 Applications Hydrogel water purification Magnetic hydrogels Smart hydrogels for bioseparation of proteins Adsorption Solar evaporation Filtration Water capture
4.5.4 SWOT analysis
4.5.5 Global revenues
4.6 Agriculture
4.6.1 Market overview
4.6.2 Market drivers
4.6.3 Applications Hydrogel fertilizers Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) Natural polymer hydrogels Nanomaterials hydrogels Methods for application Benefits and drawbacks
4.6.4 SWOT analysis
4.6.5 Global revenues
4.7 Building and construction
4.7.1 Market overview
4.7.2 Market drivers
4.7.3 Applications Cement and concrete Hydrogel nanosilica cement pastes Polyacrylic hydrogels in cement composites Hydrogel-based internal curing agents Hydrogels for heating and cooling systems (thermal management) Evaporative cooling Hydroceramic hydrogel cooling Cooling of solar panels Hydrogel windows Self-healing road surfaces and asphalt
4.7.4 SWOT analysis
4.7.5 Global revenues
4.8 Electronics
4.8.1 Market overview
4.8.2 Market drivers
4.8.3 Applications Conductive hydrogels for soft and flexible electronics Thermal management Ionic conductors for electronic textiles Electronic textile sensors Transistors
4.8.4 SWOT analysis
4.8.5 Global revenues
4.9 Energy
4.9.1 Market overview
4.9.2 Market drivers
4.9.3 Applications Flexible and solid-state energy storage Electrolytes and electrodes Conductive hydrogels Batteries Supercapacitors Photovoltaics
4.9.4 SWOT analysis
4.9.5 Global revenues
4.10 Sensors
4.10.1 Market overview
4.10.2 Market drivers
4.10.3 Applications Strain/pressure sensors Biosensors Food quality sensors
4.10.4 SWOT analysis
4.10.5 Global revenues
4.11 Membranes and films
4.11.1 Market overview
4.11.2 Market drivers
4.11.3 Production
4.11.4 Applications Self-healing membranes Biomedical membranes Tissue engineering Drug delivery Organ-on-a-chip devices Filtration membranes Gas separation Oil/water Water/wastewater treatment Architectural and acoustic membranes Energy storage membranes
4.11.5 SWOT analysis
4.11.6 Global revenues
4.12 Self-healing hydrogels
4.12.1 Self-healing mechanisms Hydrogen Bonding Ionic Bonds Host-Guest Interactions Hydrophobic Bonds Imine Bonds Arylhydrazone bonds Diels-Alder Reaction
4.12.2 Types and materials Natural Polymers Synthetic polymers Polyampholyte self-healing hydrogels Reversible polymer self-healing hydrogels Peptides Mussel-inspired proteins Bacterial cellulose Conductive polymers Zwitterionic polymers Nanomaterial self-healing hydrogels Graphene Carbon nanotubes Nanoclays Silicate nanoparticles Magnetic nanoparticles
4.12.3 Applications Anti-fouling coatings Tissue engineering Soft robotics Triboelectric nanogenerators Self-healable hydrogel dressings Bone regeneration Self-healing artificial muscles

List of Tables
Table 1. Hydrogel terms and definitions.
Table 2. Common hydrogel formulations.
Table 3. Benefits of hydrogels.
Table 4. Synthesis methods for hydrogels.
Table 5. Comparative analysis: Natural vs synthetic hydrogels.
Table 6. Types of biobased aerogels.
Table 7. Example markets and applications for lignin.
Table 8. Emerging hydrogel chemistries.
Table 9. Applications of smart hydrogels by type.
Table 10. 4D printed hydrogels.
Table 11. Challenges with hydrogels.
Table 12. Materials hydrogels compete with, by industry.
Table 13. Hydrogel revenues, by market 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 14. Hydrogel revenues, by hydrogel type 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 15. Hydrogel revenues, by region 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 16. Market overview of hydrogels in biomedicine.
Table 17. Market drivers for hydrogels in healthcare and wellness.
Table 18. Clinically approved oral hydrogel products.
Table 19. Ocular hydrogel applications.
Table 20. Clinically approved ocular hydrogel products.
Table 21. Clinically approved wound dressing hydrogel products.
Table 22. Injectable hydrogels properties and applications.
Table 23. Clinically approved injectable hydrogels.
Table 24. Overview of hydrogels in medical implants.
Table 25. Market overview for hydrogels in tissue engineering.
Table 26. Hydrogel tissue engineering products.
Table 27. Commercially available hydrogel cosmetic products.
Table 28. Market overview of hydrogels in Facial correction/aesthetic products.
Table 29. Hydrogel Facial correction/aesthetic products.
Table 30. Market overview for hydrogels in biosensors.
Table 31. Hydrogel revenues, in healthcare & wellness, 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 32. Market overview for hydrogels in water purification and capture.
Table 33. Market drivers for hydrogels in water purification and capture.
Table 34. Hydrogel revenues, in water purification & capture 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 35. Market drivers for hydrogels in agriculture.
Table 36. Benefits and drawbacks of hydrogels in agriculture.
Table 37. Hydrogel revenues, in agriculture 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Table 38. Market overview of hydrogels in buildings and construction.
Table 39. Market drivers for hydrogels in buildings and construction.
Table 40. Hydrogel panel.
Table 41. Hydrogel revenues, in building & construction 2020-2034 (Billion USD).
Table 42. Market overview of hydrogels in electronics.
Table 43. Market drivers for hydrogels in electronics.
Table 44. Benefits of electronic skin patches as a form factor.
Table 45. Current and emerging applications for electronic skin patches.
Table 46. Hydrogel revenues, in electronics 2020-2034 (Billion USD).
Table 47. Market overview of hydrogels in energy storage and generation.
Table 48. Market drivers for hydrogels in energy.
Table 49. Comparison of prototype batteries (flexible, textile, and other) in terms of area-specific performance.
Table 50. Hydrogel tissue-like soft batteries.
Table 51. Properties and applications of conductive hydrogels.
Table 52. Hydrogels in batteries.
Table 53. Hydrogels in supercapacitors.
Table 54. Hydrogel revenues, in energy 2020-2034 (Billion USD).
Table 55. Hydrogels in the sensors market.
Table 56. Market drivers for hydrogels in sensors.
Table 57. Hydrogel revenues in sensors 2020-2034 (Billion USD).
Table 58. Market drivers for hydrogels in membranes.
Table 59. Hydrogels in tissue engineering .
Table 60. Applications of hydrogel membranes for tissue engineering and drug delivery.
Table 61. Applications of hydrogel membranes for separation processes in water/wastewater treatment.
Table 62. Hydrogel revenues, in membranes 2020-2034 (Billion USD).
Table 63. Self-healing natural polymers.
Table 64. Synthetic polymers.
Table 65. Components, preparation and properties of representative conductive polymer hydrogels.
Table 66. Properties of graphene.
Table 67. Applications of self-healing hydrogels.

List of Figures
Figure 1. Structure of hydrogel.
Figure 2. Classification of hydrogels based on properties.
Figure 3. Preparation and potential biomedical applications of click hydrogels, microgels and nanogels.
Figure 4. Polymers and crosslinking physico-chemistry.
Figure 5. Schematic illustrations of chemical crosslinking mechanism.
Figure 6. Four common free-radical polymerization methods.
Figure 7. Physically crosslinking stimuli sensitive to hydrogels.
Figure 8. Schematic of physical crosslinking mechanism.
Figure 9. Methods for producing bio-based aerogels.
Figure 10. Classification of polymer hydrogels.
Figure 11. Types of polymer hydrogels.
Figure 12. Schematic illustration smart hydrogels subjected to an external stimuli.
Figure 13. Schematic of thermogel application.
Figure 14. Applications of pH-sensitive hydrogel sensors in biomedicine.
Figure 15. Shape memory hydrogel.
Figure 16. Graphene aerogel.
Figure 17. Applications roadmap for hydrogels.
Figure 18. Hydrogel revenues, by market 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Figure 19. Hydrogel revenues, by hydrogel type 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Figure 20. Hydrogel revenues, by region 2020-2034 (billions USD).
Figure 21. Hydrogel wound dressing.
Figure 22. Injectable hydrogel.
Figure 23. Schematic illustration of approaches to make injectable hydrogels for cartilage- and bone tissue-engineering applications.
Figure 24. Hydrogel tissue engineering scaffold.
Figure 25. Hydrogel mask product.
Figure 26. Biosensor system structure.
Figure 27. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in healthcare & wellness.
Figure 28. Schematic of how hydrogels act in water purification by contaminant adsorption.
Figure 29. Schematic of hydrogels as the materials platform for highly efficient solar water purification.
Figure 30. Water harvesting with hydrogels.
Figure 31. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in water purification & capture.
Figure 32. Alsta Hydrogel.
Figure 33. Mechanism of action of hydrogel upon soil-based application.
Figure 34. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in agriculture.
Figure 35. Concrete Hydrogels.
Figure 36. Layered Hydrogel between Wall Panels.
Figure 37. IaaC Students Develop a Passive Cooling System from Hydrogel and Ceramic.
Figure 38. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in building & construction.
Figure 39. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in electronics.
Figure 40. Various architectures for flexible and stretchable electrochemical energy storage.
Figure 41. Types of flexible batteries.
Figure 42. Schematic of photovoltaic integrated water-electricity-crop co-production system.
Figure 43. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in energy.
Figure 44. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in sensors.
Figure 45. Processes for hydrogel membrane fabrication.
Figure 46. Hydrogel drug delivery membranes.
Figure 47. SWOT analysis for hydrogels in membranes.
Figure 48. Healing process in a hydrogel.
Figure 49. Chemical and noncovalent interactions behind self-healable hydrogels.
Figure 50. (A) Wound self-healing process (B) Different forms of wound dressings.
Figure 51. Hydrogel shown in orange strong affinity with water and creates a layer of water on the hull which lowers hull friction.
Figure 52. Organic hydrogel.
Figure 53. Anpoly cellulose nanofiber hydrogel.
Figure 54. MEDICELLU™.
Figure 55. Cellugy materials.
Figure 56. 2D paper batteries.
Figure 57. 3D Custom Format paper batteries.
Figure 58. GelSana Therapeutics hydrogel.
Figure 59. PeptiGels®.
Figure 60. MEDAGEL patch.
Figure 61. Nix Biosensors patch.
Figure 62. mediNiK® hydrogel with encapsulated kidney stone fragments following removal from the kidney.
Figure 63. GelrinC Procedure.
Figure 64. Spider silk production.
Figure 65. FibDex® wound dressing.

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • FibDex
  • GelrinC
  • GelSana Therapeutics
  • mediNiK
  • Nix Biosensors
  • PeptiGels