Chapter headings. Table of contents. Dedication. Preface. The Relevance Of Chitin. Chitin: from then to now. Definitions. Obscurity. From waste to niche materials. Biomedical applications. References. Chitin Biomedical Applications. Biomedical technology. Wound dressings. Chitin-based wound dressings. Chitin-based wound dressings patents. Chitin-blood interactions. Bone substitutes. Chitin-based bone substitutes.
Chitin-based bone substitutes patents. Tissue engineering. Drug delivery. Chitin-based drug delivery systems. General forms. Microspheres. Chitin-based drug delivery patents. Relevance of chitin biomedical applications. References. Chitin As A Biomaterial.
Biomaterials. Chitin's role as a biomaterial. Bio-stable chitin.
Biodegradable-chitin. Biosynthesis and biodegradation of chitin in nature. Biodegradation of chitin in humans. Implications of in vitro enzyme biodegradation studies on chitin to humans and biomedical applications. Biodegradation lifetime and fate of biodegradation products. Inference. References. Biocompatibility Issues. What is biocompatibility? Is chitin really biocompatible? Survey of the biocompatibility studies on chitin. Outstanding matters. References. The Sources And Production Of Chitin. Sources of chitin. Chitin production. Isolation of chitin. Isolation of chitin from shellfish. Demineralizaton . Deproteinization. Deacetylation of chitin into chitosan. Physical appearance. Isolation of chitin from algae and fungi. Consequence. References. The Structural Properties Of Chitin As It Is Known Today. Introduction. Solid-state structure.
Characterization of chitin properties. Degree of N-Acetylation (DA)/Deacetylation (DD). Molecular weight determination. Outcome.
References. The Chemistry Of Chitin As It Is Known Today