Cyclodextrin-Based Supramolecular Hydrogel

  • Qian Zhao
  • Yong Chen
  • Yu LiuEmail author
Living reference work entry


Cyclodextrins (CDs), as a kind of cyclic host molecules, have been widely investigated due to their specific complexation with a series of guest molecules of matched sizes and properties. And gels, possessing advantages of both elasticity and mobility, are under fast development in soft material field, while supramolecular CD gels combining both CD hosts’ specific binding ability and gels’ soft characteristic are playing an increasingly important role in various kinds of materials. Therefore, we focus on a summary of fabrications and applications of supramolecular CD gels in this chapter. Firstly, we will discuss CD gels based on polyrotaxanes and pseudopolyrotaxanes and complex with small guest molecules. Then related researches on the applications of CD gels including biologic, sensing, separation, and smart materials will be summarized. We hope this chapter could provide a reference or inspirations for chemists working on supramolecular gels.



We thank NNSFC (21432004, 21672113, 21772099, 21861132001) for the financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Elemento-Organic ChemistryNankai UniversityTianjinP. R. China
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Molecular Optoelectronic SciencesTianjin UniversityTianjinP. R. China
  3. 3.Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin)TianjinP. R. China

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