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Chemistry and Industry of Forest Products ›› 2017, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (6): 10-18.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.0253-2417.2017.06.002

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Research Progress in Hemicellulose-based Functional Materials

ZHOU Shuai1, MIAO Qingxian1,2, HUANG Liulian1, CHEN Lihui1   

  1. 1. College of Materials Engineering, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China;
    2. Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Technology, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
  • Received:2017-05-18 Online:2017-12-25 Published:2018-01-05

Abstract: The research progresses in recent years in the functional materials of hemicelluloses including membrane, hydrogel, absorbent, medical material and catalyst support were reviewed. In addition, the application prospect of hemicelluloses-based functional materials was addressed. Hemicelluloses-based membrane can be used as packing material and food wrapping material, but the problem of lower strength and flexibility should be solved. Hemicelluloses-based hydrogel can be prepared by chemical and physical cross-linking and utilized in medical and environmental fields, but the biocompatibility of chemical cross-linking hydrogel and strength of physical cross-linking hydrogel should be further improved. Furthermore, the hemicelluloses can be applied as absorbent for cleaning waster water and air, as medical material for drug sustained release and antibiosis, and as catalyst support for chemical synthesis. In the future, the hemicelluloses would be expected to be used in the fields of photoelectrical material, tissue engineering material, et al.

Key words: hemicelluloses, membrane, hydrogel, catalyst support, absorbent, medical material

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