Sorption characterization of poly(vinyl alcohol)/chitosan interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels

Seon Jeong Kim, Ki Jung Lee, Sun I. Kim, Kyu Back Lee, Yong Doo Park

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/chitosan interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN) were prepared by UV irradiation. The water sorption behavior of the IPNs was measured at various temperatures and humidity levels. The water uptake of IPN13 is greater than that of other IPNs. Vapor sorption behavior is more affected by the density of water vapor than by hydrophilic properties with increasing temperature. Equilibrium water uptake increases as humidity increases, and the increase is more noticeable at high humidity. The sorption system of all IPNs is a relaxation-controlled mechanism at a relative humidity (RH) of 90%, but it is a Fickian diffusion-controlled mechanism when the RH is below 50%. With an increase in humidity, the diffusion coefficients were found to increase due to greater penetration of water into the IPNs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 3


  • Hydrogel
  • Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN)
  • Kinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Sorption characterization of poly(vinyl alcohol)/chitosan interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this