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Processes 2019, 7(3), 157;

Viscoelastic Properties of Crosslinked Chitosan Films

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Received: 17 February 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 14 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Polymers: Processing and Chemical Modifications)
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Chitosan films containing citric acid were prepared using a multi-step process called heterogeneous crosslinking. These films were neutralized first, followed by citric acid addition, and then heat treated at 150 °C/0.5 h in order to potentially induce covalent crosslinking. The viscoelastic storage modulus, E′, and tanδ were studied using dynamic mechanical analysis, and compared with neat and neutralized films to elucidate possible crosslinking with citric acid. Films were also prepared with various concentrations of a model crosslinker, glutaraldehyde, both homogeneously and heterogeneously. Based on comparisons of neutralized films with films containing citric acid, and between citric acid films either heat treated or not heat treated, it appeared that the interaction between chitosan and citric acid remained ionic without covalent bond formation. No strong evidence of a glass transition from the tanδ plots was observable, with the possible exception of heterogeneously crosslinked glutaraldehyde films at temperatures above 200 °C. View Full-Text
Keywords: chitosan; crosslinking; viscoelasticity; citric acid; glutaraldehyde; heterogeneous crosslinking chitosan; crosslinking; viscoelasticity; citric acid; glutaraldehyde; heterogeneous crosslinking

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Khouri, J.; Penlidis, A.; Moresoli, C. Viscoelastic Properties of Crosslinked Chitosan Films. Processes 2019, 7, 157.

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