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Title: Development of chitin based materials for tissue engineering applications
Keywords: Chitin, Chitosan, Biomaterials, Cellulose, Tissues Engneering
Issue Date: 12-Mar-2004
Citation: CHOW KOK SUM (2004-03-12). Development of chitin based materials for tissue engineering applications. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Chitin is abundant in nature due to its compact intractable and inert structure resulted from strong hydrogen bonding network. Chitin is known as one of the second most abundant polysaccharides in nature, after cellulose. In crustaceans, chitin is present in a complex structure with calcium carbonate, forming the rigid skeleton of carapace, shell and tail. In insects, chitin is the main building block of the back plate. This intractable characteristic of chitin is superior in the animal / plant kingdom as protective skeleton but is a major disadvantage for chemical / physical modification. Therefore more efficient methods of reacting or modifying chitin (especially alpha-chitin as it is the most abundant of the 3 types of naturally occurring chitin) is necessary, in order to utilize this biomass as a major renewable raw materials.
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