Chitin and Chitosan

Chitin and Chitosan

Discoveries and Applications for Sustainability

1st Edition - June 30, 2022

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  • Author: Gregorio Crini
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323961196

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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, the 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. Finally, the book assesses their environmental applications for sustainable solutions, such as wastewater treatments and future chitin and chitosan usage as an organic solution for a more sustainable, green, healthy planet.

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 435
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 30, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323961196

About the Author

Gregorio 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-environment Laboratory, Universite Bourgogne Franche-Comte, France

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