Frontiers in Biomaterials

Frontiers in Biomaterials

Volume: 3

Chitosan Based Materials and its Applications

This volume presents 10 reviews contributed by eminent researchers around the world on chitosan based materials. The introductory chapters present information on general characteristics of chitosan ...
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Chitosan Nanofibers

Pp. 49-77 (29)

Eduardo H. Tanabe, Daliomar L. de O. Júnior, Guilherme L. Dotto and Daniel A. Bertuol

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

Analytical characterization, Biomedical applications, Chitosan, Nanofiber, Polymer, Water treatment.

Affiliation:

Environmental Processes Laboratory (LAPAM), Chemical Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Maria-UFSM, Santa Maria-RS, Brazil.