Microgels: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

Wing-Fu Lai (Editor)
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Science Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Series: Materials Science and Technologies
BISAC: TEC055000

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Since the turn of the last century, significant advances have been documented in the literature on the design and engineering of microgels. Specialized reviews, each covering only a specific aspect of microgel development, are available; however, works that provide a comprehensive overview of the recent status of microgel research can hardly been found. The latter is important to the field as it can offer a broad view of the current situation and the possibilities for future microgel research. The objective of this book is to fill this gap by presenting a snapshot of the latest advances in the synthesis, characterization and applications of microgels. This book consists of three sections.

The first section aims at providing an overview of the latest status of microgel research. Concepts in the current understandings of microgel fabrication and characterization will be discussed. The second section is devoted to exploiting microgel properties and engineering techniques. The development of a diversity of gel systems, ranging from stimuli-responsive microgels and noncovalent crosslinking microgels to phenol formaldehyde-based aerogels, will be reviewed.

The potential use of electrospray technologies to manipulate the microstructure of microgels will also be exploited. The last section intends to highlight the application potential of microgels, with a special focus on wastewater treatment, drug delivery, tissue engineering, gene delivery, bioimaging, and antifouling. It is hoped that this book will not only lay a foundation of knowledge and terminology to those interested in a future research career in the subject, but can also serve as a reference guide to researchers working in the field in terms of the concepts and techniques relating to microgel development.

Preface

Chapter 1. Microgels: What Are They?
(Hemant K. S. Yadav, Ghattas Saad Abu Dawoud, and Rayisa Beevi, Department of Pharmaceutics, RAK College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, RAK Medical & Health Sciences University, UAE)

Chapter 2. Types and Properties of Microgels: An Overview
(Guoan Wang, Guoxing Deng, and Wing-Fu Lai, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Science Centre, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, and others)

Chapter 3. Technologies for Polymer Characterization and Microgel Development
(Xiaoxin Cai, Liyin Liang, and Wing-Fu Lai, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Science Centre, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, and others)

Chapter 4. Applications of Microgels: An Overview
(Hemant K. S. Yadav, Ghattas Saad Abu Dawoud, and Rayisa Beevi, Department of Pharmaceutics, RAK College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, RAK Medical & Health Sciences University, UAE)

Chapter 5. Stimuli-Responsive Microgels: Recent Advances and Future Prospects
(Manu Sharma, Ankita Gautam, Namita Gupta, and Ranju Soni, Department of Pharmacy, Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali, Rajasthan, India)

Chapter 6. Noncovalent Cross-linking Microgels and Manipulation of Microgel Properties
(Tingting Zheng, Yu Shi, Huanhuan Feng, Yuhuan Liu, Jiao Peng, Haitao Xiao, Ran Zhang, Xing Ma, Hanqing Liu, Bingxuan Xu, Haiqin Xie, Guanghui Cui, Zhenghua Gong, Azhen Hu, Ziqian Zhou, Xiaohe Bai, Li Liu, Yun Chen, Department of Ultrasound, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen-PKU-HKUST Medical Center, Shenzhen, China, and others)

Chapter 7. Phenol Formaldehyde-Based Aerogels
(P. K. Sandhya, M. S. Sreekala, and Sabu Thomas, State School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India, and others)

Chapter 8. Fabrication of Microgel Particles with a Microfluidic Approach
(Chang Nong Lim, Jit Kai Chin, Chemical with Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Semenyih, Selangor)

Chapter 9. Engineering the Microstructure of Microgels Using Electrospray
(Xuanqin Peng, Wing-Fu Lai, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Science Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China, and others)

Chapter 10. Hydrogels and Metallo-Hydrogels: Characterization, and Their Environmental and Pharmaceutical Applications
(Viviana Campo Dall’Orto, Yamila Garro-Linck, Ayelén Florencia Crespi, Guillermo Copello, Juan Manuel Lázaro-Martínez, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 11. Emerging Applications of Stimuli-Responsive Microgels in the Water Treatment Process
(Yusak Hartanto, Bo Jin, Xiaolin Cui, and Sheng Dai, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia, and others)

Chapter 12. Chemical Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Micro/nanogels
(Ran Zhang, Tingting Zheng, Xifeng Lu, Huiliang Wang, Junwei Wu, Hongjun Ji, Jiaheng Zhang, Weiwei Zhao, Mingyu Li, Xing Ma, and Huanhuan Feng, Materials Science and Engineering School, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China, and others)

Chapter 13. Application-Driven Microgel Engineering for Drug Delivery
(Chengshen Hu, Changshun Ruan, Center for Human Tissues and Organs Degeneration, Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China, and others)

Index

Keywords: Microgel, polymer, materials engineering, hydrogel, drug delivery, water treatment, microfabrication, nanotechnology

This book will appeal to scientists, clinicians, as well as the general audience who is working or interested in the field of materials engineering. In addition, this book can also be useful to advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students training in nanotechnology; researchers in chemistry, biology, and medicine, especially those with an interest in drug delivery; graduate students of chemistry, materials science, and engineering; researchers in nanoscience; engineers in nanotechnology

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