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A Spectroscopic Study of Solid-Phase Chitosan/Cyclodextrin-Based Electrospun Fibers

Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9, Canada
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Fibers 2019, 7(5), 48;
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 19 April 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Coatings on Fibers and Textiles)
In this study, chitosan (chi)/hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD) 2:20 and 2:50 Chi:HPCD fibers were assembled via an electrospinning process that contained a mixture of chitosan and HPCD with trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) as a solvent. Complementary thermal analysis (thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)/differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)) and spectroscopic methods (Raman/IR/NMR) were used to evaluate the structure and composition of the fiber assemblies. This study highlights the multifunctional role of TFA as a solvent, proton donor and electrostatically bound pendant group to chitosan, where the formation of a ternary complex occurs via supramolecular host–guest interactions. This work contributes further insight on the formation and stability of such ternary (chitosan + HPCD + solvent) electrospun fibers and their potential utility as “smart” fiber coatings for advanced applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyclodextrin; chitosan; electrospinning; fiber; assembly cyclodextrin; chitosan; electrospinning; fiber; assembly
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Xue, C.; Wilson, L.D. A Spectroscopic Study of Solid-Phase Chitosan/Cyclodextrin-Based Electrospun Fibers. Fibers 2019, 7, 48.

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