publication . Article . 2017

Intensifying chitin hydrolysis by adjunct treatments

Zainal Abidin, Munira; Junqueira-Gonçalves, Maria Paula; Khutoryanskiy, Vitaliy; Niranjan, Keshavan;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Nov 2017 Journal: Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, volume 92, pages 2,787-2,798 (issn: 0268-2575, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Chitin is, after cellulose, the most abundant organic natural polysaccharide on Earth, being synthesized as a dominant component in the exoskeletons of crustaceans, among other sources. In the processing of seafood for human consumption, between 40 and 50% of the total raw material mass is wasted, causing a significant problem for the environment due to its slow degradation. Efforts to find uses for chitin derivatives, particularly their oligomers, have intensified since these chemicals are highly functional and offer a wide range of applications, especially as antimicrobial agent. As a consequence, some adjunct treatments, either chemical or physical in nature,...
Subjects
free text keywords: Biotechnology, Fuel Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Organic Chemistry, Waste Management and Disposal, Pollution, General Chemical Engineering, Hydrolysis, Enzymatic hydrolysis, Chemistry, Cellulose, chemistry.chemical_compound, Acid hydrolysis, Steam explosion, Raw material, Polysaccharide, chemistry.chemical_classification, Chitin
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