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S. Boryniec, M. Ratajska, G. Strobin

Biodegradation of chitosan (in English)

Polimery 1996, No 10, 564

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.1996.564


Chitosan has been found to undergo readily to biodegradation in an aqueous medium. In this study chitosan was degraded by microorganisms from an activated waste-water sludge produced by a cellulose plant. The molecular structures of chitosan were determined by using GPC in 2, 4 and 8 weeks of treatment. Full degradation was found to have occurred in a 12-week treatment. The process of the biodegradation of chitosan can also be monitored by using IR spectrophotometry.

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