K. Haxaire

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This article is the first one in a series dedicated to the study of hyaluronan as observed by IR spectrometry. The goal is to determine its hydration mechanism and the structural changes this mechanism implies. Hyaluronan is a natural polysaccharide that is widely used in biomedical applications and cosmetics. Its macroscopic properties are significantly(More)
Hyaluronan (HA) is a linear charged polysaccharide whose structure is made up of repeating disaccharide units. Apparently conflicting reports have been published about the nature of the helical structure of HA in the solid state. Recent developments in the field of molecular modeling of polysaccharides offer new opportunities to reexamine the structural(More)
We recorded a series of spectra of sodium hyaluronan (HA) films that were in equilibrium with their surrounding humid atmosphere. The hygrometry of this atmosphere extended from 0 to 0.97% relative humidity. We performed a quantitative analysis of the corresponding series of hydration spectra that are the difference spectra of the film at a defined(More)
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