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Title: PEC films prepared from chitosan-alginate coacervates
Authors: Yan, X.
Khor, E. 
Lim, L.-Y. 
Keywords: Chitosan-alginate PEC films
Mechanical properties
Water sorption
Issue Date: Jul-2000
Citation: Yan, X.,Khor, E.,Lim, L.-Y. (2000-07). PEC films prepared from chitosan-alginate coacervates. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 48 (7) : 941-946. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Chitosan-alginate polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) have been prepared in situ in beads and microspheres. This study examines the preparation of suitable chitosan-alginate coacervates for casting into homogeneous PEC films for potential applications in packaging, controlled release systems and wound dressings. Coacervation between chitosan and alginate was rapid, but the rate may be controlled with the addition of water miscible organic solvents. Compared with ethanol and PEG200, acetone was the more promising solvent moderator. Suspensions of fine, uniformly dispersed coacervates were produced by a dropwise addition of 0.25% w/v chitosan solution (solvent: 1:1 v/v of 2% acetic acid and acetone) into 0.25% w/v sodium alginate solution in water under rapid agitation. The PEC films were transparent and flexible. They exhibited high permeability to water vapor, but resisted complete dissolution in 0.1 M HCl, distilled water and pH 7.4 phosphate buffer solution. Microscopic heterogeneity in the films could be reduced by immersion in aqueous media, but this was accompanied by modifications in the thickness, permeability and mechanical property of the films.
Source Title: Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
ISSN: 00092363
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