Stimuli-Responsive Cellulose Based Hydrogels

  • Lei Miao
  • Min Zhang
  • Yuanyuan Tu
  • Shudong Lin
  • Jiwen HuEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series book series (POPOC)


Stimuli-responsive hydrogels can spontaneously change their physical and chemical properties in response to changes in the external environment, and they have potential applications in numerous fields as demonstrated in many reports. Cellulose is the most abundant polysaccharide in the natural world, and cellulosic polymers have been considered to be outstanding candidates as building blocks for stimuli-responsive hydrogels with great potential applications for absorption, separation, in the biomedical field, as well as other fields. The main purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the significance of these materials and provide representative examples regarding the combination of stimuli-responsive hydrogels and cellulosic polymers. Inspired by the merits of both cellulose and stimuli-responsive hydrogels, in this chapter, we will also individually discuss some of the superior properties of stimuli-responsive cellulose-based hydrogels relative to a fossil-based hydrogel, including bulk hydrogels, microgels/nanogels, and injectable hydrogels that respond to stimuli such as heat, pH, ionic strength, light, electric field, magnetic fields, or shear, as well as their major applications. Furthermore, the typical strategies for the preparation of hydrogels (i.e., chemical cross-linking and physical cross-linking), as well as the mechanisms that drive the ability of these hydrogels to respond to various stimuli (i.e., heat, pH, light, special chemicals, electric fields, magnetic fields, and shear), will also be briefly presented in this chapter. This chapter might be useful for the development of novel stimuli-responsive cellulose-based hydrogels with high performance.


Stimuli-responsive Cellulose Hydrogels Synthesis Applications 



We thank Dr. Ian Wyman for proofreading this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lei Miao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Min Zhang
    • 1
  • Yuanyuan Tu
    • 2
  • Shudong Lin
    • 2
  • Jiwen Hu
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and Energy EngineeringFoshan UniversityFoshanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Guangzhou Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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