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Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2021 (closed)

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Xuming Xie, Professor, Tsinghua University, China
Dr.Xie graduated with B. Eng from Shinshu University, Japan in 1985. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Dept. of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1987 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a research scientist at Kawasaki Plastics Laboratory, Showa Denko, Ltd. (Japan). He has worked at Tsinghua University since 1992, and has been a full professor since 1999. He is interested in areas such as 1) Super tough and highly stretchable hydrogels 2) Modification and assembly of nanomaterials and their nanocomposites 3) Structure control and properties of multiphase polymer systems 4) Recycling and renewable of waste plastics 5) Polymer grafting and modification 6) Confined crystallization and phase separation of polymer systems. He awarded JSPS Visiting Professor Fellowship in 1999 and Georgy. T. Piercy Distinguished Visiting Professor award from Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials, University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002. He was also invited as a visiting professor in Chuo University, Japan in 2005. In 2007 and 2018 He obtained the “Feng Xinde Polymer Prize” respectively from ELSEVIER. He has published more than 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 22 Chinese, European and/or US patents which have been approved or disclosed.

Baolin Guo, Professor, the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST), Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Dr. Baolin Guo got his Ph.D degree in 2011 at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. From 2011, he joined the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST), Xi’an Jiaotong University. Dr. Baolin Guo is now a professor and group leader of biomedical polymers, and he has published more than 80 papers (cited >6000 times) with him as the first author and corresponding author, such as Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Biomaterials, Chemistry of Materials, Small, and Macromolecules. He owns 20 ESI highly cited papers, and 9 ESI hot papers in Web of Science. His research interests are polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering, and drug delivery system, particularly in the areas of conductive biomaterials for regenerative medicine, wound healing and hemostat. He is the recipient of Distinguished Young Scholars Award of Shaanxi Province. He serves as referee for more than 30 international journals.

Qiang Chen, Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Qiang Chen is a Professor of School of Materials Science and Engineering at Henan Polytechnic University. He received a B.S. degree from Henan University in 2004 and a Ph.D. from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. He was a research scholar at The University of Akron in 2012-2013. His current research mainly focuses on the development of tough and functional hydrogels for tissue adhesives, wound healings, coatings of biomedical devices and flexible electronics. He has published more than 65 papers in peer-reviewed journals (cited > 2500 times). He serves as referee for more than 20 international journals.


Biomass is renewable resource, including polysaccharides, proteins and DNAs, which is easily obtained from various plants, microorganisms as well as some animals. Hydrogels are physically or chemically cross-linked polymeric or supramolecular materials, containing of a large amount of water in their three-dimensional network structure. In recent years, biomass-derived hydrogels have attracted great interests because of their potential applications in many fields, such as biomedical engineering, food engineering, drug delivery, adsorption, solar water purification, flexible electronic and energy storage device, and so on.


The Special Issue “Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels” covers research in fundamental and application of biomass-derived hydrogels. It focuses on recent progress of the preparation, network structure, responsive properties and functional applications of biomass-derived hydrogels. The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the following topics:

(1) Preparation and Characterization of Biomass-Derived Hydrogels

(2) High Performance Biomass-Derived Hydrogels

(3) Smart and Responsive Biomass-Derived Hydrogels

(4) Biomass-Derived Hydrogels for Flexible Electronics and Energy Storage Devices

(5) Biomass-Derived Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications or Drug Delivery

(6) Biomass-Derived Hydrogels for Food Engineering

(7) Biomass-Derived Hydrogels for Water Treatment

(8) Biomass-Derived Hydrogels for Other Applications


Biomass; Hydrogels; Polysaccharide; Protein

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Silk Fibroin-Based Hydrogel for Multifunctional Wearable Sensors

    Yiming Zhao, Hongsheng Zhao, Zhili Wei, Jie Yuan, Jie Jian, Fankai Kong, Haojiang Xie, Xingliang Xiong
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.11, pp. 2729-2746, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.019721
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels)
    Abstract The flexible wearable sensors with excellent stretchability, high sensitivity and good biocompatibility are signifi- cantly required for continuously physical condition tracking in health management and rehabilitation monitoring. Herein, we present a high-performance wearable sensor. The sensor is prepared with nanocomposite hydrogel by using silk fibroin (SF), polyacrylamide (PAM), polydopamine (PDA) and graphene oxide (GO). It can be used to monitor body motions (including large-scale and small-scale motions) as well as human electrophysiological (ECG) signals with high sensitivity, wide sensing range, and fast response time. Therefore, the proposed sensor is promising in the fields of rehabilitation, More >

  • Open Access


    Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogels Based on Potato Starch/Poly(vinyl Alcohol)/N,N′-Methylenebisacrylamide

    Diego David Pinzón-Moreno, Eder Clidio Vicuña-Galindo, José Vulfrano González-Fernández, José Luis Soto-Gonzales, María Verónica Carranza-Oropeza
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.8, pp. 2179-2201, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.019793
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels)
    Abstract Several hydrogels were synthesized by free-radical polymerization in an aqueous medium based on potato starch (PS), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and N,N′-Methylenebisacrylamide (MBAm), being possible to study these hydrogels as a function of the proportion of components incorporated. In this way, the products generated from the synthesis were characterized by swelling and deswelling kinetics, the first swelling being verified with Schott and statistical models, allowing to contrast the proximity between the experimental and theoretical behavior. Additionally, water retention in soil (R%), spectroscopy (FTIR), morphological (SEM), and thermal (TGA and DSC) analysis allowing to know the intrinsic More >

  • Open Access


    Strong and Tough PAm/SA Hydrogel with Highly Strain Sensitivity

    Lingqin Zhang, Qifeng Jiang, Yiming Zhao, Jie Yuan, Xiaoying Zha, Haojiang Xie, Fankai Kong, Xingliang Xiong
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.2, pp. 415-430, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.016650
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels)
    Abstract The hydrogel is a preferred material for flexible wearable sensors. In practical application, it should have high-efficiency mechanical toughness and self-healing performance. Besides, hydrogel requires good affinity and adhesion because of its contact with the skin. In this experiment, we made an ultra-tough hydrogel with excellent cell affinity and adhesion. We used sodium alginate (SA) and polyacrylamide (PAm) mixture as a flexible base fluid. Polydopamine reduce graphene oxide (prGO) was used as conductive nanofiller, and then PAm-prGO-SA semi-interpenetrating network hydrogel was formed through Am radical polymerization. The presence of prGO endows the hydrogels with excellent More >

  • Open Access


    Preparation and Properties of Polyacrylamide/Sodium Alginate Hydrogel and the Effect of Fe3+ Adsorption on Its Mechanical Performance

    Zheng Cao, Yang Zhang, Keming Luo, Yinqiu Wu, Hongxin Gao, Junfeng Cheng, Chunlin Liu, Guoliang Tao, Qingbao Guan, Lei Zhang
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.9, No.8, pp. 1447-1462, 2021, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2021.015593
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels)

    The preparation and application of functional hydrogels based on natural polysaccharides have always been a hot research topic. In this study, using acrylamide (AM) monomer, N, N'-methylene bisacrylamide (MBA) as cross-linking agent, potassium persulfate (K2S2O8) as initiator, in the presence of natural polysaccharide sodium alginate (SA), the PAM/SA hydrogel was prepared by free radical polymerization. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), swelling performance tests, scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), UV-visible spectrophotometer, mechanical property measurements were carried out to analyze the composition, morphology, and performance of the hydrogels. The swelling behavior, dye adsorption performance, and the

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    The Preparation and Properties of Starch Based Shape Memory Hydrogel

    Yangling Li, Zhengrong Li, Hui Yu, Gang Huang, Xiaopeng Pei, Kun Xu, Pixin Wang, Ying Tan
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.9, No.8, pp. 1365-1376, 2021, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2021.014909
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Biomass-Derived Functional Hydrogels)
    Abstract In this work, the –catechol and –thiol modified starch was prepared by the esterification and amino condensation reaction, then a fully starch based hydrogel was prepared via the thiol-catechol Michael addition reaction. The starch hydrogel gained shape memory behaviors by coordinate with Fe3+ ions at alkaline condition. 1 H-NMR had been used to character the structure of the starch derivatives and its character peaks. The hydrogel’s modulus had also been measured before and after coordinating with Fe3+ ions in linear area and the result showed that both the hydrogel’s storage modulus and loss modulus kept constant in More >

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