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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8241078, 8 pages
Research Article

Preparation and Property of Xylan/Poly(Methacrylic Acid) Semi-Interpenetrating Network Hydrogel

MOE Key Laboratory of Applied Physics and Chemistry in Space, College of Science, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an 710072, China

Received 6 November 2015; Revised 19 February 2016; Accepted 3 March 2016

Academic Editor: Jelena Jovanovic

Copyright © 2016 Xiao-Feng Sun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Xylan/poly(methacrylic acid) semi-interpenetrating network hydrogels were synthesized, and these hydrogels were fabricated using various ratios of xylan and methacrylic acid and cross-linked by N,N′-methylenebisacrylamide. The chemical structure and morphology of the prepared hydrogels were characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM analysis. The porous structure of the prepared hydrogels was found, and the interconnected porous channels increased when the content of xylan was increased in the hydrogels. The hydrogels presented excellent pH sensitivity and swelling reversibility. The dynamic swelling kinetics were also studied, and all obtained results indicated that the prepared xylan/poly(methacrylic acid) semi-IPN hydrogel could be used in biomedical fields, especially for drug release.