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Extraction of Chitin from Fungi

Chitin, the second-most abundant natural polymer after cellulose, is commonly produced from crustacean, e.g. shrimps, residues, with the problem of inconstant properties and availabilities. Chitin does also make up a good fraction of the fungal mycelia, in which chitin fibrils are covalently bond with glucan molecules, thus providing a composite nanofibril that has superior proterties compared to crustacean chitin fibrils. Chitin-glucan fibrils are extracted from various fungi types and these fibrils applied in composite and nanopaper applications.


Dr. Andreas Mautner
Post-doctoral Fellow


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