Hydrogels are an emerging area of interest in medicine as well as pharmaceutics, and their physico-chemical characterization is fundamental to their practical applications. Compared with synthetic polymers, polysaccharides that are widely present in living organisms and come from renewable sources are extremely advantageous for hydrogel formation. Furthermore, polysaccharides are usually non-toxic and biocompatible and show a number of peculiar physico-chemical properties that make them suitable for a wide variety of biomedical applications. This book bridges the gap between the preparation of hydrogels and their characterization techniques. It aims to offer a valid support that can help the readers find appropriate keys to open the doors to the complex world of polysaccharide hydrogels.
Introduction; F. Alhaique, T. Coviello, and P. Matricardi Hydrogels; M. Borgogna, E. Marsich, I. Donati, S. Paoletti, and A. Travan Rheological Characterization of Hydrogels; R. Lapasin Hydrogel Mesh Size Evaluation; M. Grassi, R. Farra, and S. M. Fiorentino Dynamic Light Scattering; W. Burchard NMR Methodologies in the Study of Polysaccharides; C. Di Meo, N. Proietti, L. Mannina, and D. Capitani Small-Angle Neutron Scattering of Polysaccharide Hydrogels; M. Shibayama The Method of Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and Its Application to the Structural Analysis of Oligo- and Polysaccharides in Solution; K. Kajiwara Stimuli Responsive Polysaccharide-Based Hydrogels; A. R. Fajardo, A. G. B. Pereira, A. F. Rubira, A. J. M. Valente, and E. C. Muniz Properties and Biomedical Applications of Gellan Gum Hydrogels; C. Cencetti, P. Matricardi, F. Alhaique, and D. Bellini Polysaccharide Hydrogels with Magnetic Nanoparticles; S. Fedi and R. Barbucci Physical and Chemical Hyaluronic Acid hydrogels and Their Biomedical Applications; A. Borzacchiello, L. Russo, S. Zaccaria, and L. Ambrosio Alginate Hydrogels: Properties and Applications; G. Skjak-Braek, I. Donati, and S. Paoletti Polysaccharide Hydrogels: The Present and the Future; Y. H. Yun, B. K. Lee, J. Garner, and K. Park