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Non-Conventional Methods for Gelation of Alginate

Institute of Thermal Separation Processes, Hamburg University of Technology, Eißendorfer Straße 38, 21073 Hamburg, Germany
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Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aerogels 2018)
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This review presents and critically evaluates recent advances in non-conventional gelation method of native alginate. A special focus is given to the following three methods: cryotropic gelation, non-solvent induced phase separation and carbon dioxide induced gelation. A few other gelation approaches are also briefly reviewed. Results are discussed in the context of subsequent freeze and supercritical drying. The methods are selected so as to provide the readers with a range of novel tools and tactics of pore engineering for alginate and other anionic polysaccharides. View Full-Text
Keywords: alginate; cryogelation; cryogel; aerogel; macroporosity; supercritical drying; freeze drying alginate; cryogelation; cryogel; aerogel; macroporosity; supercritical drying; freeze drying

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Gurikov, P.; Smirnova, I. Non-Conventional Methods for Gelation of Alginate. Gels 2018, 4, 14.

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