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Biomedical Applications of Chitin Hydrogel Membranes and Scaffolds

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine

Publisher : Carbohydrate Polymers

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

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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

Campus : Kochi

School : Center for Nanosciences

Center : Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine Move, Nanosciences

Department : Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine

Year : 2011

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.

Cite this Research Publication : H. Tamura, Furuike, T., Nair, S. V., and Dr. Jayakumar Rangasamy, “Biomedical Applications of Chitin Hydrogel Membranes and Scaffolds”, Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 84, pp. 820-824, 2011.

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