Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Carbohydrate Polymers, Volume 84, Number 2, p.820-824 (2011)

URL:

http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79951516715&partnerID=40&md5=933a72c9b432037f6b69f597a67a6ed5

Keywords:

Bioactive, Biodegradable polymers, Biomedical applications, Biopolymers, calcium, calcium chloride, chitin, Chitin hydrogel, Crystalline structure, Hydrogels, hydrophobicity, Membranes, methanol, Organic solvents, Scaffolds, Solvent system, tissue engineering, Wound dressings

Abstract:

Chitin is a non-toxic, biodegradable and biocompatible natural polymer. It is used in several biomedical applications. Chitin is insoluble in most of the organic solvents due to its rigid crystalline structure. However, it can be dissolved in calcium chloride dehydrate methanol (Ca solvent) solvent system. The α- and β-chitin hydrogels can easily be developed using the Ca solvent system. Using these hydrogels, it is able to develop scaffolds and membranes for the variety of biomedical applications such as tissue engineering and wound dressing. In this paper, we present the preparation and biomedical applications of chitin hydrogel membranes and scaffolds. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Cite this Research Publication

Ha Tamura, Furuike, Ta, Nair, S. Vb, and Jayakumar, Rb, “Biomedical applications of chitin hydrogel membranes and scaffolds”, Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 84, pp. 820-824, 2011.