The depolymerization mechanism of chitosan by hydrogen peroxide

@article{Tian2003TheDM,
  title={The depolymerization mechanism of chitosan by hydrogen peroxide},
  author={Feng Tian and Yu Liu and Keao Hu and Binyuan Zhao},
  journal={Journal of Materials Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={38},
  pages={4709-4712}
}
Water-soluble chitosan with low molecular weight was prepared by the depolymerization of chitosan with aqueous H2O2 solution. The IR and 1H-NMR studies verify that depolymerization leads to the breakage of 1,4-β-D-glucoside bonds of chitosan. X-ray analysis shows the depolymerization takes place at the surface of the chitosan in crystal region by so called peeling-off process while the amorphous portion is depolymerized by penetrating pattern. 

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