Chitin-based nanocomposites

Biomedical applications

Carlos Filipe Cidre João, Jorge Silva, João Paulo Borges

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Chitin, the second most abundant polymer in nature, is a renewable, nontoxic, biodegradable, and antibacterial polysaccharide. This semicrystalline biopolymer exhibits hierarchical structure from nano to micro-scale and is responsible for interesting living tissue properties. Recently, the scientific interest in chitin nanofibrils for applications in biomedical and tissue engineering fields has increased due to their particular capabilities such as matrix reinforcements, bioactivity and morphology similar to natural tissues. This chapter is focused on composite materials reinforced with chitin nanofibrils and their biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEco-friendly Polymer Nanocomposites
Subtitle of host publicationChemistry and Applications
EditorsVijay Kumar Thakur, Manju Kumari Thakur
PublisherSpringer India
ISBN (Electronic)978-81-322-2473-0
ISBN (Print)978-81-322-2472-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameAdvanced Structured Materials
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)1869-8433



  • Biomaterials
  • Chitin
  • Nanofibrils
  • Nanowhisker
  • Tissue engineering

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João, C. F. C., Silva, J., & Borges, J. P. (2015). Chitin-based nanocomposites: Biomedical applications. In V. K. Thakur, & M. K. Thakur (Eds.), Eco-friendly Polymer Nanocomposites: Chemistry and Applications (pp. 499-457). (Advanced Structured Materials; Vol. 74). Springer India.