Design, Characterization and Applications of Smart Hydrogels

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2025 | Viewed by 115

Special Issue Editors

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Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79403, USA
Interests: soft matter; sustainable materials; polymer composites; cotton-based materials; smart gels

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Fiber and Biopolymer Research Instutute, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 45019, Lubbock, TX 79403, USA
Interests: biopolymers; smart gels
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart hydrogels represent a versatile category of materials capable of altering their structure and characteristics in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, light, and electric fields. These materials consist of hydrophilic polymer networks that have a remarkable capacity to soak up and hold substantial amounts of water. A distinctive feature of smart hydrogels is their reversible volumetric and shape changes when exposed to variations in their surrounding environment. This adaptability renders them highly suitable for numerous applications, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, sensors, and actuators. In summary, smart hydrogels offer significant promise across diverse fields due to their unique properties and adaptability.

This Special Issue, entitled Design, Characterization and Applications of  Smart Hydrogels, aims to highlight recent advances in research on functional gels materials. We welcome submissions including fundamental studies and application-focused research

Dr. Zhen Zhang
Prof. Dr. Noureddine Abidi
Guest Editors

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  • smart hydrogels
  • design
  • characterization
  • application
  • self-healing
  • stimuli-responsive materials
  • environmental sensitivity
  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • sensors
  • actuators
  • reversible volume change
  • shape adaptability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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