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Chitin and Chitosan - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323961196

Chitin and Chitosan

1st Edition

Discoveries and Applications for Sustainability

Author: Grégorio Crini
Paperback ISBN: 9780323961196
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st May 2022
Page Count: 435
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Chitin and Chitosan: Discoveries and Applications for Sustainability provides the most comprehensive knowledge on these organic biopolymers which come from the cellular makeup of crustaceans, mollusks, and arthropods. This book synthesizes historical information, fundamental properties, industrial applications, and recent discoveries and uses.

Written by an international expert on chitin and chitosan sources and uses, this book discusses landmark discoveries and early uses in the research and applications of chitin and chitosan. It then explores the international use of chitin and chitosan as organic solutions across various disciplines such as aquaculture, agriculture, food and beverage industries, cosmetics, and medicine. The book also assesses their environmental applications for sustainable solutions, such as wastewater treatments, and finally, the future chitin and chitosan usage as an organic solution for a more sustainable, green, and healthy planet.

Chitin and Chitosan: Discoveries and Applications for Sustainability is a valuable resource for researchers in marine biology interested in the sustainability and biodegradability of aquatic life. Food scientists, agriculturists, and researchers in ecofriendly materials will also find this useful.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive review of these biopolymers from their discovery to their use in our daily lives
  • Details the main historical facts on their composition, structure, and properties
  • Emphasizes the chemical and biological properties and applications of chitosan
  • Describes key challenges and future trends


Marine biologists and aquaculturists, especially those working with crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic arthropods
Food scientists, agriculturists, and researchers in biodegradable, organic material solutions

Table of Contents

Section I: Historical Landmarks
1. The decalcification of the shells of crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and crayfish with mineral acids
2. The nitrogenous nature of chitin
3. How to identify nitrogen in chitin
4. Ammonia release in arthropod exoskeletons
5. Identification of chitosan
6. Obtaining glucosamine from arthropod chitin
7. Obtaining glucosamine from boiling bone cartilage
8. The composite and chemical relationships between chitin and chitosan
9. Research and challenges of chitin occurrence in living organisms
10. Similarities in arthropod and plant chitins
11. Chitosamine
12. First applications of chitin and chitosan in commercial development
13. Similarities in cellulose and chitin
14. Findings from The First International Chitin and Chitosan Conference
15. Findings from The European Chitin Society

Section II: Applications
16. Modern sources and production
17. Basic and intrinsic properties
18. Aquaculture
19. Fisheries
20. Food and Beverage Industries
21. Pharmaceutical Industry
22. Dentistry
23. Veterinary Medicine
24. Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
25. Agriculture
26. Textile and Paper Industries
27. Biotechnology and Chemical Industries
28. Environmental Applications
29. Future Trends and Perspectives


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About the Author

Grégorio Crini

Dr. Grégorio Crini PhD is an environmental polymer scientist in the Chrono-environnment Laboratory at the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté. He received his PhD in organic and macromolecular chemistry from the Université de Lille. When he joined his current institution, he founded a research group for using oligosaccharides (dextrins, cyclodextrins) and polysaccharides (starch, chitin, chitosan, cellulose) in water treatments. His current interests focus on the design of new functional macromolecular networks and the environmental aspects of oligosaccharides, polysaccharides and natural fibers (hemp, flax) chemistry for applied research. Dr. Crini has published more than 210 papers, a patent, and 13 books, and is a highly cited researcher. He has also conducted consulting projects for many companies

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Polymer Scientist, Chrono-environnment Laboratory, Universite Bourgogne Franche-Comte, France

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