Bio-inspired production of chitosan/chitin films from liquid crystalline suspensions.


Inspired by chitin based hierarchical structures observed in arthropods exoskeleton, this work reports the capturing of chitin nanowhiskers' chiral nematic order into a chitosan matrix. For this purpose, highly crystalline chitin nanowhiskers (CTNW) with spindle-like morphology and average aspect ratio of 24.9 were produced by acid hydrolysis of chitin… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.08.039