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Biodegradable Cellulose-based Hydrogels: Design and Applications

Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Materials 2009, 2(2), 353-373; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma2020353
Received: 28 February 2009 / Revised: 3 April 2009 / Accepted: 9 April 2009 / Published: 16 April 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradability of Materials)
Hydrogels are macromolecular networks able to absorb and release water solutions in a reversible manner, in response to specific environmental stimuli. Such stimuli-sensitive behaviour makes hydrogels appealing for the design of ‘smart’ devices, applicable in a variety of technological fields. In particular, in cases where either ecological or biocompatibility issues are concerned, the biodegradability of the hydrogel network, together with the control of the degradation rate, may provide additional value to the developed device. This review surveys the design and the applications of cellulose-based hydrogels, which are extensively investigated due to the large availability of cellulose in nature, the intrinsic degradability of cellulose and the smart behaviour displayed by some cellulose derivatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hydrogels; cellulose; biodegradation Hydrogels; cellulose; biodegradation
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Sannino, A.; Demitri, C.; Madaghiele, M. Biodegradable Cellulose-based Hydrogels: Design and Applications. Materials 2009, 2, 353-373.

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