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"Green" hemicellulose-based hydrogels

Research leaders

Prof. Ann-Christine Albertsson
Prof. Ulrica Edlund

Project information

This project is part of the “Pulp Mill Biorefinery” programme that comprises a range of partners in academia in industry that have joined forces to contribute to an increased utilization of side products in the forest industry - a step closer to realizing the forest as a biorefinery.

The KTH part of the programme covers the use of hemicellulose-based resources for the development of renewable hydrogels. This work involves the chemical modification of the polysaccharide materials to tune the properties and to induce a covalent crosslinking ability. New methods are being developed and existing methods are adapted to a more eco-friendly protocol by replacing organic solvents with water. Modified materials are later crosslinked to form hydrogels which are characterized and used for product development, such as controlled release applications.

Page responsible:Jenevieve Gocheco Yao
Belongs to: Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology
Last changed: Jan 13, 2017