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Chitosan Combined with ZnO, TiO2 and Ag Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Wound Healing Applications: A Mini Review of the Research Trends

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Department of BioNano Technology, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnamdaero, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si 13120, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
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Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI), 176 Cheoldobakmulkwan-ro, Uiwang-si 16105, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
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Academic Editor: Changle Chen
Polymers 2017, 9(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9010021
Received: 9 November 2016 / Revised: 27 December 2016 / Accepted: 4 January 2017 / Published: 9 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Polysaccharides)
Chitosan is a natural polymer that has been widely utilized for many purposes in the food, textile, agriculture, water treatment, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Based on its characteristics, including biodegradability, non-toxicity and antimicrobial properties, it has been employed effectively in wound healing applications. Importantly, however, it is necessary to improve chitosan’s capacities by combination with zinc oxide (ZnO), titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs). In this review of many of the latest research papers, we take a closer look at the antibacterial effectiveness of chitosan combined with ZnO, TiO2 and Ag NPs and also evaluate the specific wound healing application potentials. View Full-Text
Keywords: chitosan; metal (oxide) nanoparticles; nanocomposites; antimicrobial ability; wound healing chitosan; metal (oxide) nanoparticles; nanocomposites; antimicrobial ability; wound healing
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Bui, V.K.H.; Park, D.; Lee, Y.-C. Chitosan Combined with ZnO, TiO2 and Ag Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Wound Healing Applications: A Mini Review of the Research Trends. Polymers 2017, 9, 21.

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