Biodegradable Cellulose-based Hydrogels: Design and Applications

Biodegradable Cellulose-based Hydrogels: Design and Applications

Biodegradable Cellulose-based Hydrogels: Design and Applications

Alessandro Sannino,
Christian Demitri,
Marta Madaghiele 


Hydrogels are macromolecular networks able to absorb and release water solutions in a reversible manner, in response to specific environmental stimuli. Such stimuli-sensitive behaviour makes hydrogels appealing for the design of ‘smart’ devices, applicable in a variety of technological fields. In particular, in cases where either ecological or biocompatibility issues are concerned, the biodegradability of the hydrogel network, together with the control of the degradation rate, may provide additional value to the developed device. This review surveys the design and the applications of cellulose-based hydrogels, which are extensively investigated due to the large availability of cellulose in nature, the intrinsic degradability of cellulose and the smart behaviour displayed by some cellulose derivatives.