Poriferan Chitin as a Versatile Template for Extreme Biomimetics

Abstract

In this mini-review, we shall first cover a short history of the discovery of chitin isolated from sponges; as well as its evolutionarily ancient roots. Next, we will delve into the unique structural, mechanical, and thermal properties of this naturally occurring polymer to illuminate how its physicochemical properties may find uses in diverse areas of the material sciences. We show how the unique properties and morphology of sponge chitin renders it quite useful for the new route of “Extreme Biomimetics”; where high temperatures and pressures allow a range of interesting bioinorganic composite materials to be made. These new biomaterials have electrical, chemical, and material properties that have applications in water filtration, medicine, catalysis, and biosensing. OPEN ACCESS Polymers 2015, 7 236

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@inproceedings{Wysokowski2015PoriferanCA, title={Poriferan Chitin as a Versatile Template for Extreme Biomimetics}, author={Marcin Wysokowski and I. Petrenko and Allison L. Stelling and Dawid Stawski and Teofil Jesionowski and Hermann Ehrlich and Kjell Morten V{\aa}rum}, year={2015} }