Morphological Characterization of Hydrogels

  • Md. Shirajur Rahman
  • Md. Minhajul Islam
  • Md. Sazedul Islam
  • Asaduz Zaman
  • Tanvir Ahmed
  • Shanta Biswas
  • Sadia Sharmeen
  • Taslim Ur Rashid
  • Mohammed Mizanur RahmanEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series book series (POPOC)


Hydrogels are physically or chemically cross-linked polymer networks that are able to absorb large amounts of water. They can be classified into different categories depending on various parameters including the preparation method, the charge, and the mechanical and structural characteristics. The morphological structures are differed from hydrogel compositions to preparation method, fabrication techniques, type of hydrophobic substitutes, etc. This chapter addresses an overview of the morphological characterization of hydrogels and impact of these properties in various potential applications of hydrogels. In a first part, morphological characterizations of hydrogels directly prepared from native materials are described. In a second part, morphological characterizations of hydrogels prepared from different derivatives of native materials by physical as well as chemical cross-linking strategies are introduced. In a third part, morphological characterizations of composite type hydrogels including blending composites, polyelectrolyte complexes, and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) are discussed. In a final part, morphological characterizations of inorganic nanoparticles incorporated hybrid hydrogels are described.


Superabsorbent hydrogels Hydrogel’s morphology Hybrid hydrogel Cellulose 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. Shirajur Rahman
    • 1
  • Md. Minhajul Islam
    • 1
  • Md. Sazedul Islam
    • 1
  • Asaduz Zaman
    • 1
  • Tanvir Ahmed
    • 1
  • Shanta Biswas
    • 1
  • Sadia Sharmeen
    • 1
  • Taslim Ur Rashid
    • 1
  • Mohammed Mizanur Rahman
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and TechnologyUniversity of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

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