Customizing Hydrogels: A Journey from Concept to End-Use Properties

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Chemistry and Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 70

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Inorganic Polymers, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 700487 Iasi, Romania
Interests: polysaccharides; natural hydrogels; chemical/physical hydrogels; composites; material characterization

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Laboratory of Inorganic Polymers, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 700487 Iasi, Romania
Interests: aerogels; biosorption; green chemistry; molecular docking simulation

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Laboratory of Inorganic Polymers, “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, 700487 Iasi, Romania
Interests: nanocomposite hydrogels; magnetic materials; sol-gel synthesis; photocatalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue, titled "Customizing Hydrogels: A Journey from Concept to End-Use Properties". The uniqueness of hydrogels is reflected in their ability to be customized from the conceptualization phase in order to obtain particular end-use properties suitable for targeted applications. The goal of this Special Issue is to present the most recent innovative approaches in the design, synthesis, and investigation of tailored hydrogel properties. These may include aspects such as swelling behavior; specific physical, chemical, or mechanical properties; responsiveness to external stimuli; and/or compatibility with biological systems.

The topics to be addressed in this Special Issue include the synthesis of hydrogels through diverse methods or techniques; the exploration of gelation mechanisms; in-depth examination of specific properties through advanced characterization techniques; the incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles into hydrogel matrices; the demonstration of end-use properties required for biomedical advances; and environmental solutions, with a consideration of industrial applications.

In line with this, this Special Issue aims to highlight the cutting-edge influence of customized hydrogel development and pave the way for advancements in performance and applicability in real-world scenarios. Thus, authors are invited to submit original research papers (or critical reviews) to this Special Issue that emphasize the uniqueness of hydrogel-based materials from theoretical concepts to specific properties for prospective applications.

Dr. Andra-Cristina Enache
Dr. Corneliu Cojocaru
Dr. Petrisor Samoila
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • natural/synthetic/hybrid hydrogels
  • chemical/physical hydrogels
  • “smart” hydrogels
  • (nano)composite hydrogels
  • gelation mechanism
  • end-use properties

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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