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Enzymatic modification of chitosan

Principal Investigator: 

Gregory Payne

Start/End Year: 

1995 to 1999


University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Chitosan is a promising renewable resource which can be used for a range of applications, yet it remains underutilized. Recently we developed an enzyme strategy to specifically functionalize chitosan under environmentally-friendly conditions. To demonstrate the commercial potential of this enzymatically-modified chitosan, we propose to characterize the capabilities and limitations of the functionalization procedures, and then to study how functionalization can be used to controllably alter technologically-important chemical, mechanical and biological properties. To facilitate transfer of this technology from the university to commercial practice, we have been and will continue working closely with our industrial partner.