Polymeric Gels - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081021798

Polymeric Gels

1st Edition

Characterization, Properties and Biomedical Applications

Authors: Kunal Pal Indranil Banerjee
Paperback ISBN: 9780081021798
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 540
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Table of Contents

Part I General Introduction
1. Introduction to Polymeric Gels

Part II (Polymeric Gels: synthesis, properties and characterization)
2. Natural Polymeric Gels: Polysaccharide- based
3. Natural Polymeric Gels: Protein- Based
4. Synthetic Polymeric Gels
5. Natural-Synthetic Composite Gels
6. Small molecule gels
7. Particle - loaded Gels
8. Smart Polymeric Gels
9. Organogels
10. Emulgels
11. Bigels

Part III (Applications)
12. Polymeric Gels for Tissue Engineering Applications
13. Polymeric Gels for Controlled Drug Delivery Applications
14. Antimicrobial Polymeric Gels
15. Polymeric Gels for Wound Dressing Applications
16. Polymeric Gels for Diagnostics Applications
17. Polymeric Gels for Cell Encapsulation Applications

Part IV (Recent Advances)
18. Rapid-Prototyping of the Polymeric Gels
19. Magnetic Gels
20. Conducting Polymeric Gels


Recently there has been a tremendous increase in the research and development of gel based systems for various biomedical applications including drug delivery, tissue engineering, wound healing, contact lens and diagnostics. This has been mainly due to technological advancements in the field of polymer synthesis and characterization techniques.

The contributions cover fundamentals to applications of polymeric gels. Particular emphasis is given to synthesis, properties and characteristics of polymeric gels. Topics such as natural, synthetic, and smart polymeric gels, medical applications, and advancements in conductive and magnetic gels are covered in depth. This proposed volume will cover the complete basics of hydrogels and applications of hydrogels, and provide the reader with a comprehensive guide on all types of polymeric gels used in the field of biomedical engineering.

Key Features

  • Provides guidance for decisions on the suitability and appropriateness of a synthetic route and characterization technique for particular polymeric networks
  • Analyzes and compares experimental data
  • Presents in-depth information about the physical properties of polymeric gels using mathematical models
  • Uses an inter-disciplinary approach to discuss potential new applications for both established polymeric gels and recent advances


Materials scientists, biomedical engineers, and researchers working in the fields of tissue engineering, wound healing, controlled drug delivery, biosensors, implants, diagnostics and contact lenses


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About the Authors

Kunal Pal Author

Dr. Pal pursued his graduation in Pharmacy from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India in the year 2002 followed by post-graduation in Biomedical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in the year 2004. Later, he did his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in the year 2006. Subsequently, he joined Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada as a post-doctoral fellow in the year 2007. During his tenure at Ryerson University, he served as Vice-Chair (Elect), HQPA, AFMNet Network of Excellence, Canada. He joined National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India in the year 2009 as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently the Professor-in-Charge of Medical Electronics and Instrumentation Laboratory in the Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of technology, Rourkela, India. His major research interests revolve around Biomedical Signal Processing and Biomedical Equipment Design. He is also working in the fields of soft materials and controlled drug delivery. He has more than 140 publications in SCI cited journals of high repute, Book Chapters and peer-reviewed conferences. He is a very well cited researcher having more than 1800 citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor-in-Charge, Medical Electronics and Instrumentation Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, National Institute of technology, Rourkela, India

Indranil Banerjee Author

Prof. Indranil Banerjee did his Ph. D. in Biotechnology (Tissue Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India in the year 2011. Presently, is holding the position of an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering at National Institute of Technology- Rourkela. He is the Professor-in-Charge of the Bioprocess Laboratory and Biomicrofludics Laboratory. His group is actively involved in understanding the cell physiology in response to biomaterials developed on a length scale (nano to macro). He was a visiting scientist in Maxplanck Institute of Intelligent System, Germany. Dr. Banerjee has authored 35 SCI cited publications in various journals of repute with a total citation of more than 450. He is also serving as industrial consultant.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor-in-Charge, Bioprocess Laboratory and Biomicrofludics Laboratory