Journal of Polymer Research

, 21:601 | Cite as

Development of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan/alginate hydrogel films for biomedical application

  • Pitchaya Treenate
  • Pathavuth Monvisade
  • Masayuki Yamaguchi
Original Paper


Novel hydrogel films composed of hydroxyethylacryl chitosan (HC) and sodium alginate (SA) were prepared for biomedical application by using calcium chloride (CaCl2) as a nontoxic ionic crosslinker to form a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN). HC was successfully prepared by following a Michael addition reaction of chitosan (CS) and hydroxyethylacrylate completely dissolved in distilled water at 70 °C. The distribution pattern of Ca2+ ions were well-dispersed within the hydrogel films examined by scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS), implying uniformity of crosslinking. The swelling behavior of the hydrogel films in distilled water, simulated gastric fluid (SGF, pH = 1.2) and phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH = 7.4) were investigated. The equilibrium swelling degree of the hydrogel films in distilled water increased with a decreas of either the SA content or the concentration of CaCl2. The hydrogel films showed pH-dependent behavior in that the shapes of the hydrogel films were stable in SGF while they degraded in PBS. The tensile strength and elongation of the hydrogel films reached 12.1 MPa and 162%, respectively, which presented reasonable mechanical properties during use and enough flexibility to follow skin movement. Cell viability of the hydrogels was measured using a methylthiazol tetrazolium (MTT) assay. The results indicated that the hydrogel films are not cytotoxic.


Hydrogel Semi-interpenetrating polymer network Biopolymer Hydroxyethylacryl chitosan Sodium alginate 



This work was financially supported by the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Program, Thailand Research Fund (RGJ 11) and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pitchaya Treenate
    • 1
  • Pathavuth Monvisade
    • 1
  • Masayuki Yamaguchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Polymer Synthesis and Functional Materials Research Unit, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceKing Mongkut’s Institute of Technology LadkrabangLadkrabangThailand
  2. 2.School of Materials ScienceJapan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyNomiJapan

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