Structure formation in biopolymer gels induced by diffusion of gelling factors

Yasuyuki Maki, Kazuya Furusawa, Takao Yamamoto, Toshiaki Dobashi

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Abstract

When biopolymer solutions come in contact with a coagulation bath containing a gelling factor such as ions, chemical crosslinkers, and pH conditioners, diffusion of the gelling factor through the contact interface into the polymer solutions induces gelation, which proceeds gradually in a direction along the diffusion of the gelling factor. In this directional gelation process, characteristic structures are frequently formed in the biopolymer gels. This review presents general features of the structure formation by the diffusion of the gelling factors and some specific examples for typical biopolymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biorheology
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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