1st Edition

Polyampholytes in Advanced Polymer Science and Emerging Technologies

By Sarkyt E. Kudaibergenov Copyright 2025
    304 Pages 123 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Polyampholytes are unique polymers containing acid/base and/or anionic/cationic groups in the main or side chains. Water-soluble and water-swelling polyampholytes exhibit properties that provide broad potential as structural biomaterials, drug delivery and chemo-mechanical systems, biosensors, energy storage devices, supercapacitors, and actuators, among others. This monograph reviews innovative studies in this field over the past two decades with the aim to analyze and systematize the literature in the context of emerging technologies.

    • Offers a multidisciplinary perspective covering polyampholytes, polybetaines and polyzwitterions in nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine, catalysis, environment protection, and oil industry applications.

    • Demonstrates a wide range of applications for these materials, with enough depth to provide critical fundamental knowledge for new researchers in the field.

    • Discusses polyampholyte-protected and gel-immobilized metal nanoparticles and enzymes that catalyze reactions of hydrolysis, decomposition, hydrogenation, and oxidation of various substrates in batch-type and continuous-flow-type reactors.

    • Highlights remaining persistent challenges in the development and application of these materials.

    The book will appeal to a readership that conducts materials research for biomedical, water treatment, and environmental remediation applications.

    1. Introduction. 2. Water-Soluble Polyampholytes. 3. Hydrophobically-Modified Polyampholytes (HMPA). 4. Nanogels, Microgels and Macroporous Gels of Polyampholytes. 5. Macromolecular Complexes of Polyampholytes. 6. Polyampholytes in Biotechnology and Medicine. 7. Polyampholytes in Catalysis. 8. Application of Polyampholytes in Emerging Technologies. 9. Conclusions.


    Professor Sarkyt E. Kudaibergenov is a prominent Kazakh polymer scientist, known for his research into water-soluble and water-swelling polyampholytes, macromolecular complexes, polymer-stabilized nanoparticles, polymeric catalysis, and stimuli-responsive materials for various applications. Despite having made many successful developments and contributions in the field of physical chemistry of polymers, Prof. S.E. Kudaibergenov’s favorite topic remains polyampholytes, a subject he has studied since 1979, and on which he has published a number of reviews and a fundamental monograph.