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Biomolecules 2015, 5(1), 244-262; doi:10.3390/biom5010244

Fabrication and Characterization of Polysaccharide Ion Gels with Ionic Liquids and Their Further Conversion into Value-Added Sustainable Materials

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Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Kasuga Koen 6-1, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8581, Japan
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Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
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Research Center for Environmentally Friendly Materials Engineering, Muroran Institute of Technology, 27-1 Mizumoto-cho, Muroran, Hokkaido 050-8585, Japan
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Academic Editor: Jürg Bähler
Received: 29 January 2015 / Accepted: 10 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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Abstract

A review of the fabrication of polysaccharide ion gels with ionic liquids is presented. From various polysaccharides, the corresponding ion gels were fabricated through the dissolution with ionic liquids. As ionic liquids, in the most cases, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride has been used, whereas 1-allyl-3methylimidazolium acetate was specifically used for chitin. The resulting ion gels have been characterized by suitable analytical measurements. Characterization of a pregel state by viscoelastic measurement provided the molecular weight information. Furthermore, the polysaccharide ion gels have been converted into value-added sustainable materials by appropriate procedures, such as exchange with other disperse media and regeneration. View Full-Text
Keywords: polysaccharides; ion gels; ionic liquids; sustainable materials polysaccharides; ion gels; ionic liquids; sustainable materials
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Takada, A.; Kadokawa, J.-I. Fabrication and Characterization of Polysaccharide Ion Gels with Ionic Liquids and Their Further Conversion into Value-Added Sustainable Materials. Biomolecules 2015, 5, 244-262.

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