Polymer Gels

Fundamentals and Biomedical Applications

  • Danilo DeRossi
  • Kanji Kajiwara
  • Yoshihito Osada
  • Aizo Yamauchi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kanji Kajiwara, Shinzo Kohjiya, Mitsuhiro Shibayama, Hiroshi Urakawa
      Pages 3-19
    3. Yong Li, Toyoichi Tanaka
      Pages 41-56
    4. Shinzo Kohjiya, Kenichiro Ochiai, Shinzo Yamashita
      Pages 77-91
  3. Biologicals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Gen Matsumoto, Michinori Ichikawa, Takao Arai
      Pages 111-125
    3. Aizo Yamauchi
      Pages 127-134
    4. Hisao Ichijo, Kunihiro Ichimura, Hatsuho Uedaira, Tetsuro Suehiro, Jun’ichi Nagasawa, Aizo Yamauchi et al.
      Pages 135-146
    5. Hiroaki Shinohara, Masashi Yaoita, Yoshihito Ikariyama, Masuo Aizawa
      Pages 147-157
  4. Separation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Shuji Sakohara, Fujikazu Muramoto, Shigeo Sakai, Masaharu Yoshida, Masashi Asaeda
      Pages 161-171
    3. Hajime Unno, Xia Huang, Takashi Akehata, Okihiko Hirasa
      Pages 183-192
  5. Sensors and Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Piero Chiarelli, Kayo Umezawa, Danilo De Rossi
      Pages 195-203
    3. Toshio Kurauchi, Tohru Shiga, Yoshiharu Hirose, Akane Okada
      Pages 237-246
    4. Okihiko Hirasa, Shoji Ito, Aizo Yamauchi, Shoei Fujishige, Hisao Ichijo
      Pages 247-256
    5. Susumu Umemoto, Norimasa Okui, Tetsuya Sakai
      Pages 257-270
  6. Drug Delivery System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Teruo Okano, Ryo Yoshida, Kiyotaka Sakai, Yasuhisa Sakurai
      Pages 299-308
    3. Ronald A. Siegel, Bruce A. Firestone, Jose Cornejo Bravo, Barry Schwarz
      Pages 309-317
    4. Masakatsu Yonese, Kazuhiko Baba, Hideki Murabayashi
      Pages 319-338
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-345

About this book


This volume contains a series of papers originally presented at the Symposium on Polymer Gels organized and sponsored by the Research Group on Polymer Gels,The Society of Polymer Science of Japan and co-sponsored by the Science and Technology Agency (ST A) and MIT!, Japan. The Symposium took place at Tsukuba Science City on 18th and 19th September, 1989. Recognized experts in their fields were invited to speak and there was a strong attendance from government, academic and industrial research centers. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the state of the art and to present and discuss recent progress in the understanding of the behavioral properties of polymer gels and their application to biomedical, environmental and robotic fields. Most of the papers and related discussions concentrated on the swelling behavior of hydrogels and chemomechanical systems, both artificial and naturally occurring, in which external stimuli of a physical or chemical nature control energy transformation or signal transduction. The recent great interest in chemomechanical systems based on polymer gels has stimulated considerable effort towards the development of new sensors and actuators, controllable membrane separation processes, and delivery systems in which the functions of sensing, processing and actuation are all built into the polymeric network device. Artificial chemomechanical systems, through the use of environmentally sensitive polymer gels, are emerging as interesting materials for mimicking basic processes previously only confined to the biological world, and commercially viable applications are also foreseen in the not-too-distant future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Danilo DeRossi
    • 1
  • Kanji Kajiwara
    • 2
  • Yoshihito Osada
    • 3
  • Aizo Yamauchi
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.University of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Kyoto Institute of TechnologyKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Ibaraki UniversityMito-shiJapan
  4. 4.HOYA CorporationJapan
  5. 5.Research Institute for Polymers and TextilesAISTTsukuba-shiJapan

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