Special Issue "Biomedical Applications of Chitin and Chitosan"
A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2015).
Interests: chitin; chitosan; functional food; wound healing; chitin nanofiber
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Interests: functional biomaterials; nanoparticle; nanogels; nanofibers; hydrogels; scaffolds; drug delivery; tissue engineering; wound healing
Chitin is widely distributed in nature and is the second most abundant polysaccharide after cellulose. It is the major structural component in the exoskeleton of crab and shrimp shells and the cell wall of fungi and yeast. Chitin and Chitosan are linear polysaccharides, comprised of two monomeric units namely N-acetyl-2-amino-2-deoxy-d-glucose (N-acetylated groups) and 2-amino-2-deoxy-D-glucose residues (N-deacetylated groups, amino groups). The advantage of Chitin and Chitosan includes easy processability into scaffolds, membranes, bandages, sponges, films, hydrogels, microgels, nanogels, beads, micro-/nanoparticles and nanofibers forms. These processed Chitin and Chitosan materials are utilized for biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, wound dressing, cosmetics, stem cell technology, anti-cancer treatments and drug delivery and functional foods.
The aim of this special issue is to discuss biomedical applications of chitin, chitosan and its derivatives. The research, review and future articles focusing on the above-mentioned fields are welcome.Prof. Dr. Kazuo Azuma
Prof. Dr. R. Jayakumar
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- chitin and chitosan
- chitin and chitosan derivatives
- beads, membranes, scaffolds
- microparticles, nanoparticles, nanofibers
- wound dressing
- tissue engineering (bone, cartilage, ligament, liver, nerve, tendon & skin)
- functional foods
- drug delivery, imaging, therapy
- stem cell technology
- cancer treatment