Hydrogel Sensors and Actuators

Engineering and Technology

  • Gerald Gerlach
  • Karl-Friedrich Arndt

Part of the Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors book series (SSSENSORS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. O. Okay
    Pages 1-14
  3. Dirk Kuckling, Karl-Friedrich Arndt, Sven Richter
    Pages 15-67
  4. K.-F. Arndt, F. Krahl, S. Richter, G. Steiner
    Pages 69-136
  5. M. Guenther, G. Gerlach
    Pages 165-195
  6. G. A. Urban, T. Weiss
    Pages 197-220
  7. Andreas Richter
    Pages 221-248
  8. P. Welzel, M. Nitschke, U. Freudenberg, A. Zieris, T. Götze, M. Valtink et al.
    Pages 249-266
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book


Hydrogels are a fascinating class of polymers which show an immense ability of swelling under the influence of temperature, pH value or concentrations of different species in aqueous solutions. The volume change can amount up to several hundred percent. This unique behaviour is already used in such applications like disposable diapers, contact lenses or drug-delivery systems.

The ability to perform mechanical work has been shifted the technical interest more and more towards sensors and actuators exploiting the thermo-chemo-mechano-electrical coupling within hydrogels. The accuracy requirements for such devices are much more demanding than for previous applications. Therefore, a deep knowledge of both the material and the functional properties of hydrogel sensors and actuators is needed. The monograph describes state-of-the-art and recent developments for these materials in sensor and actuator technology.


Biosensor biosensors chemical sensors hydrogels microsystem technology polymer polymer hydrogels polymers

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald Gerlach
    • 1
  • Karl-Friedrich Arndt
    • 2
  1. 1.Fak. ElektrotechnikTU DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Inst. Physikalische Chemie undTU DresdenDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-75644-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-75645-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-7617
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