The present study was aimed to incorporating the properties of potato peel (Solanum tuberosum) in wound care with chitosan to produce a hydrogel that is superior, cheaper, biocompatible and enabling faster healing. Chitosan and potato peel powder based hydrogel was synthesized with acetic acid as the solvent medium and Gluteraldehyde (GA) as the cross linker. The prepared hydrogel was characterized and tested using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, swelling test and antimicrobial activity test. The results demonstrated that the prepared hydrogel showed significant antimicrobial activity with effective swellability, structural and surface characteristics. Based on the characterization studies it is concluded that the synthesized hydrogel had shown better characteristics and can be used as a promising material for wound healing applications.
Key words: Hydrogels, Potato peel, Chitosan, Biocompatibility, wound healing.