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Eduardo H. Tanabe, Daliomar L. de O. Júnior, Guilherme L. Dotto and Daniel A. Bertuol
Chitosan is a natural polymer produced from the chitin deacetylation.
Chitosan has good biocompatibility, biodegradability, antimicrobial activity, wound
healing property and antitumor effect. In recent years, chitosan nanofibers have become
interesting, due to amazing characteristics such as, large surface area to volume ratio
and high porosity with very small pore size. It can be readily produced using different
methods. These nanofibers can be promising for many applications including filtration,
removal of metals, drug-delivery, wound dressing, cell culture, tissue engineering,
cosmetic, gas sensing and catalysis. The chapter will address diverse types of
nanofibers produced from chitosan, their derivatives, and blends with several polymers.
Analytical characterization, Biomedical applications, Chitosan,
Nanofiber, Polymer, Water treatment.
Environmental Processes Laboratory (LAPAM), Chemical Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Maria-UFSM, Santa Maria-RS, Brazil.