Special Issue "Physically Cross-Linked Gels and Their Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 5589
Interests: biopolymers; polyelectrolytes; hydrogels; chitosan; hyaluronic acid; drug delivery; rheology; cross-linking
Interests: chemical transformations of polymers (modification, destruction, stabilization); physiologically active polymers and polymer systems; technology of polymers and polymer materials
Interests: water-soluble polymers; hydrogels; polymer complexes; drug delivery; mucoadhesion; nanomaterials
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This Special Issue is focused on physically cross-linked gels and their applications in various areas, including biomedicine, drug delivery, cosmetics, food technology, oil recovery, and other industries. A unique substance called gel was first prepared by the Scottish chemist Thomas Graham in the 19th century, namely, it was a physically cross-linked gelatin gel. In the 21st century, there is a rapid development in polymer and materials science, dedicated to the development of methods for the synthesis and optimization of conditions for the preparation of composite polymer materials with a nanoscale structure, as well as the study of their properties for various applications. Physically cross-linked gels have a number of advantages, including the simplicity of their preparation without the need for cross-linking agents. Different methods have been developed for preparing physical gels. Well-known examples of these systems include formation of gels by alginates and pectinates in the presence of calcium ions due to ionic interactions; formation of poly(vinyl alcohol)-based cryogels via cross-linking due to crystallization; formation of gels based on amphiphilic block copolymers, such as Pluronics due to hydrophobic effects, and cross-linking due to protein-protein interactions. Physically cross-linked gels may also be prepared in the form of cryogels, aerogels, xerogels, films, micro- and nanogels, and hybrid materials in combination with micro- and nanoparticles. Although the use of synthetic polymers provides gels with controlled properties, the use of natural polymers improves the biocompatibility of the material and appears to be more environmentally friendly.
Our team of guest editors hopes that this Special Issue will attract submissions of high-quality reviews and original research manuscripts from the international community of researchers, specializing in different types of physical gels. We believe that physically cross-linked gels are not only interesting and promising objects for research, but also have a great potential for practical applications in various fields, expanding the capabilities of traditional objects and improving the quality of people's lives.
Dr. Regina R. Vildanova
Prof. Dr. Sergey V. Kolesov
Prof. Dr. Vitaliy V. Khutoryanskiy
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Gels is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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.
- physical cross-linking
- poly(vinyl alcohol)-based cryogels
- synthetic polymers
- natural biopolymers
- polyelectrolyte complex
- molecular interactions
- drug delivery