Bio-Based Hydrogels: Design, Synthesis and Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 226

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John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Interests: hydrogels; soft materials and mechanics; fracture and fatigue; polymer science

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Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Faculty of Science, Corner Siemert and Louisa, Doornfontein 2028, John Orr Building, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Interests: polymer chemistry; hydrogels; biomaterial engineering; biocatalytic synthesis; bioeconomy
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Dear Colleagues,

Bio-based hydrogels are a type of smart material that can swell and absorb large amounts of water or biological fluids. They are composed of natural polymers, such as cellulose, chitosan, alginate, and gelatin, which have great potential in developing advanced biomedical applications. Bio-based hydrogels have gained significant attention in recent years due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability, and non-toxic nature. In addition to their potential benefits, the development of bio-based hydrogels also presents significant challenges, including the optimization of their mechanical properties, stability, and controllable release kinetics. This Special Issue includes articles that cover various aspects of bio-based hydrogels, such as their synthesis, characterization, and properties, as well as their applications in drug delivery, tissue engineering, wound healing, and environmental, agricultural, and industrial applications. The articles also discuss the challenges and opportunities in the field of bio-based hydrogels and highlight the potential of these materials in developing innovative and sustainable solutions for biomedical applications.

Dr. Guogao Zhang
Dr. Gibson S. Nyanhongo
Guest Editors

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  • bio-based hydrogels
  • biomaterials
  • natural polymers
  • biocompatibility
  • biodegradability
  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • wound healing

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