Cotton Cellulose-Derived Hydrogels with Tunable Absorbability: Research Advances and Prospects

  • Yang Hu
  • Rohan S. Dassanayake
  • Sanjit Acharya
  • Noureddine AbidiEmail author
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Part of the Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series book series (POPOC)


Cotton is an important, worldwide cash crop and is considered as a ubiquitous resource offering the purest form of cellulose in nature. By far, the most industrially exploited natural resources containing cellulose are wood and cotton. Cellulose derived from either wood or cotton has the same chemical structure. Hydrogels are jellylike materials consisting of substantially hydrophilic cross-linked network filled with water. Upon replacing water with air, hydrogels are able to form aerogels. Cellulose and its derivatives can be used to prepare hydrogels with tailored absorbability and adsorbability. In the first section of this review, we discuss recent progress in the dissolution of high molecular weight cotton-derived cellulose as the dissolution of cellulose is an important step in preparing cellulose-based hydrogels. In the second section, we focus on the preparation of various cotton cellulose-based hydrogels and their derivatives by physical, chemical, and photocatalytic processes and their current applications. The third section includes the preparation and application of cellulose-based aerogels, which are a specific dry form of hydrogels. Overall, this review covers recent research developments in cotton cellulose-based hydrogels and their broad spectrum of applications in agriculture, environment, energy, health, and medicine.


Biopolymer Cellulose Hydrogel Aerogels Cotton 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Hu
    • 1
  • Rohan S. Dassanayake
    • 1
  • Sanjit Acharya
    • 1
  • Noureddine Abidi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Department of Plant and Soil ScienceTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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