Hydrogels Based on Natural Polymers presents the latest research on natural polymer-based hydrogels, covering fundamentals, preparation methods, synthetic pathways, advanced properties, major application areas, and novel characterization techniques. The advantages and disadvantages of each natural polymer-based hydrogel are also discussed, enabling preparation tactics for specific properties and applications. Sections cover fundamentals, development, characteristics, structures and properties. Additional chapters cover presentation methods and properties based on natural polymers, including physical and chemical properties, stimuli-responsive properties, self-healing properties, and biological properties. The final section presents major applications areas, including the biomedical field, agriculture, water treatments, and the food industry.
This is a highly valuable resource for academic researchers, scientists and advanced students working with hydrogels and natural polymers, as well as across the fields of polymer science, polymer chemistry, plastics engineering, biopolymers and biomaterials. The detailed information will also be of great interest to scientists and R&D professionals, product designers, technicians and engineers across industries.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Fundamentals of Natural Polymers and their Hydrogels 1. The properties and development of hydrogels 2. Natural polymers and the hydrogels prepared from them
Part II: Preparation Methods for Hydrogels based on Natural Polymers 3. Preparation of hydrogels based on natural polymers via physical interaction 4. Preparation of hydrogels based on natural polymers via chemical reaction and crosslinking 5. Preparation of hydrogels based on natural polymers via radiation crosslinking
Part III: Properties of Hydrogels based on Natural Polymers 6. The physical and chemical properties of hydrogels based on natural polymers 7. The stimuli-responsive properties of hydrogels based on natural polymers 8. The self-healing properties of hydrogels based on natural polymers 9. The biological properties of hydrogels based on natural polymers
Part IV: Applications of Hydrogels based on Natural Polymers 10. The application of natural polymer-based hydrogels in biomedical field 11. The application of natural polymer-based hydrogels for agriculture 12. The application of natural polymer-based hydrogels for water treatments 13. The application of natural polymer-based hydrogels for food industries 14. Characterization tools and techniques of hydrogels
AuthorsYu Chen School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Dr. Yu Chen is Associate Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. He is guest editor of the Current Organic Chemistry journal, and an editorial board member for the Trauma & Emergency Care journal. Dr. Chen is a council member of the Youth Committee of the China Materials Research Society.
Dr. Yu Chen's research interests are focused on chemical modification of natural polymers including chitosan, alginate and cellulose, etc., and their applications in the field of biomedical materials. He has worked on developing an application of wound dressing based on natural polymers for the purpose of hemostasis and anti-microbial properties. Dr. Chen and his group have published more than 60 papers in this field, acquired 16 patents, published 3 review papers and 2 books, and written 5 chapters in published monographs. In 2017, he edited a special issue of Current Organic Chemistry, named 'Medical Materials from Chitosan, Design, Synthesis, Functionalization and Applications'. He also worked as lead editor on a book on click chemistry, published in 2017