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March 6, 2013

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Electrospinning of chitin nanofibers directly from an ionic liquid extract of shrimp shells



Green Chem., 2013, 15,601-607
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36582K, Communication
Patrick S. Barber, Chris S. Griggs, Jonathan R. Bonner, Robin D. Rogers
Chitin fibers were electrospun in a one-pot process directly from an ionic liquid solution of chitin extracted from dried shrimp shell, providing access to highly valuable material from a renewable waste product
High molecular weight chitin fibers were electrospun in a one-pot process directly from a 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate solution of chitin extracted from dried shrimp shell. Such a technology obviates the need not only for the many chemicals and the energy used in industrial isolation of chitin from crustacean shells but also saves the chemicals, energy, and time needed to prepare chitin spinning dopes.
Patrick S. Barber ,  Chris S. Griggs ,  Jonathan R. Bonner andRobin D. Rogers
Green Chem., 2013,15, 601-607

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