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Chapter 7

Outstanding Features of Starch-based Hydrogel Nanocomposites

Starch-based hydrogel nanocomposites are a very important issue in both academic and industrial fields owing to their availability, renewable sources, chemical structure and potential applications in several technologies. In the light of this, the incorporation of submicron- or nano-sized materials into starch-based hydrogel formulations has been explored as a very attractive strategy to improve properties and applications. This chapter is devoted to recent aspects of the development of starch-based hydrogel nanocomposites focused on the formulation of functional materials with enhanced properties for more suitable applications in different fields. The main aspects discussed are those based on structure–property relationships and also specific functionalities for a given application. Further comprehensive studies will broaden the understanding of structure–property relationships. Some future trends are highlighted – breakthroughs are necessary for improving the boundaries of knowledge of the materials science field.

Print publication date: 15 Oct 2015
Copyright year: 2016
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-979-5
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-279-6
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-737-1
From the book series:
Green Chemistry Series