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Linking up the user-friendly and low-priced FTIR with the more sophisticated and high-priced 13C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopies, an improved method to determine the degree of acetylation (DA) of chitins and chitosans was outlined. The method was established for the most complex polymorphic form (alpha-chitin) and for the most problematic range of DA values (most(More)
13C CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy has been shown to be a powerful tool to quantify the degree of acetylation of chitin and chitosan. In order to optimise the parameters which afford quantitative 13C cross-polarisation magic-angle spinning NMR spectra, a detailed relaxation study has been carried out on selected chitin and deacetylated chitin samples. A relaxation(More)
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