Natural Polysaccharide: Synthesis, Modification and Application II

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 966

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Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles (Ministry of Education), College of Textiles Science and Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Interests: modification of natural polysaccharide; natural antibacterial agent; biomass flame retardant; natural surfactant
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Dear Colleagues,

Natural polysaccharides have garnered significant attention due to their sustainability, biodegradability, and environmental friendliness. There are abundant functional groups in the structure of natural polysaccharides with the potential for chemical modification via different approaches. Modified polysaccharides can be applied in many fields, such as chemical engineering, medicine, electronic engineering, textiles, and so on.

This Special Issue of the open access journal Polymers aims to collect cutting-edge, innovative and original research papers on the topic of “Natural Polysaccharides: Synthesis, Modification and Application”. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Synthesis of natural polysaccharides;
  • Modification of natural polysaccharides;
  • Development of new natural polysaccharides;
  • Structural characterization of natural polysaccharides;
  • Functional materials based on natural polysaccharides;
  • Application of new natural polysaccharides.

We look forward to receiving contributions describing natural polysaccharides.

Dr. Lili Wang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • synthesis of natural polysaccharides
  • modification of natural polysaccharides
  • biomass polysaccharide
  • natural surfactant
  • functional natural polymer
  • natural emulsion

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Enhancing Chitosan Fibers: A Dual Approach with Tripolyphosphate and Ursolic Acid
by César I. Hernández Vázquez, Zbigniew Draczyński, Dominik Borkowski and Dorota Kaźmierczak
Polymers 2024, 16(4), 461; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16040461 - 7 Feb 2024
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Chitosan, a well-established biomaterial known for its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioactivity, has been the focus of extensive research in recent years. This study explores the enhancement of chitosan fibers’ properties through wet impregnation with either ursolic acid (UA) or cross-linking with tripolyphosphate (TPP). [...] Read more.
Chitosan, a well-established biomaterial known for its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioactivity, has been the focus of extensive research in recent years. This study explores the enhancement of chitosan fibers’ properties through wet impregnation with either ursolic acid (UA) or cross-linking with tripolyphosphate (TPP). In the first experiment, chitosan fibers were treated with UA, for varying immersion set points (1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 h). FTIR, SEM, and UV-Vis spectroscopy analyses demonstrated a chemical reaction between chitosan and UA, with stability reached after 2 h of immersion. Antibacterial testing revealed that chitosan fibers impregnated with UA exhibited significant antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, notably Staphylococcus aureus. The second experiment involved modifying chitosan fibers’ surfaces with a 1% w/v TPP solution for the same periods of time (1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 h). Subsequently, the investigation involved FTIR, SEM, and dynamometry analyses, which revealed successful cross-linking between chitosan and TPP ions, resulting in improved tensile strength after 2 h of immersion. This dual-approach study highlights the potential of chitosan fibers for diverse applications, from wound-healing dressings to antibacterial materials against Gram-positive bacteria. Full article
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