Novel Superabsorbent Cellulose-Based Hydrogels: Present Status, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application Prospects

  • You Wei Chen
  • Siti Hajjar Binti Hassan
  • Mazlita Yahya
  • Hwei Voon LeeEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series book series (POPOC)


Over the past century, hydrogels have emerged as an effective material for an immense variety of applications. This contribution provides a brief overview of recent progress in cellulose-based superabsorbent hydrogels, fabrication approaches, materials, and promising applications. Firstly, hydrogels fabricated directly from various polymerization processes are presented. Secondly, we review on the stimuli-responsive hydrogels such as the role of temperature, electric potential, pH, and ionic strength to control the role of hydrogel in different applications. Also, the synthesis route and its formation mechanism for the production of smart superabsorbent, macro- and nano-hydrogels are addressed. In addition, several applications and future research in cellulose-based superabsorbent hydrogels are also discussed in this chapter.


Hydrogel Polymerization reaction Superabsorbent Stimuli-responsive Biopolymer 



The authors are grateful for the financial support from the University of Malaya: SATU Joint Research Scheme (ST015-2017) and Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme (PPP) (PG249-2016A, PG253-2016A).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • You Wei Chen
    • 1
  • Siti Hajjar Binti Hassan
    • 1
  • Mazlita Yahya
    • 1
  • Hwei Voon Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT)Institute of Graduate Studies, University of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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