We developed novel β-chitin/nanosilver composite scaffolds for wound healing applications using β-chitin hydrogel with silver nanoparticles. The prepared nanosilver particles and nanocomposite scaffolds were characterized using SEM, FT-IR, XRD and TGA studies. The antibacterial, blood-clotting, swelling, cell attachment and cytotoxicity studies of the prepared composite scaffolds were evaluated. The prepared β-chitin/nanosilver composite scaffolds were bactericidal against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus and it showed good blood-clotting ability as well. Cell attachment studies using vero (epithelial) cells showed that the cells were well attached on the scaffolds. These results suggested that β-chitin/nanosilver composite scaffold could be a promising candidate for wound dressing applications.
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P. T. S. Kumar, Abhilash, S., Manzoor, K., Nair, S. V., Tamura, H., and Dr. Jayakumar Rangasamy, “Preparation and characterization of novel β-chitin/nanosilver composite scaffolds for wound dressing applications”, Carbohydrate Polymers, vol. 80, pp. 761-767, 2010.