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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(11), 7286-7300; doi:10.3390/ijms12117286
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Chitosan Fibers Modified with HAp/β–TCP Nanoparticles

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Institute of Biopolymers and Chemical Fibers—IBWCh, Sklodowskiej-Curie 19/27, 90-570 Lodz, Poland
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Received: 25 July 2011 / Revised: 23 September 2011 / Accepted: 11 October 2011 / Published: 25 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Materials in Skeletal Engineering)
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Abstract

This paper describes a method for preparing chitosan fibers modified with hydroxyapatite (HAp), tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP), and HAp/β-TCP nanoparticles. Fiber-grade chitosan derived from the northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and nanoparticles of tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) suspended in a diluted chitosan solution were used in the investigation. Diluted chitosan solution containing nanoparticles of Hap/β-TCP was introduced to a 5.16 wt% solution of chitosan in 3.0 wt% acetic acid. The properties of the spinning solutions were examined. Chitosan fibers modified with nanoparticles of HAp/β-TCP were characterized by a level of tenacity and calcium content one hundred times higher than that of regular chitosan fibers.
Keywords: chitosan fibers; calcium phosphate; nanoparticles; mechanical properties chitosan fibers; calcium phosphate; nanoparticles; mechanical properties
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Wawro, D.; Pighinelli, L. Chitosan Fibers Modified with HAp/β–TCP Nanoparticles. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 7286-7300.

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