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Derivatives, Composites and Applications




Edited by

Shakeel Ahmed

Saiqa Ikram




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Many books are devoted to the description of polymers that are not of biopolymers or the polymers which are originating from the natural resources; the techniques for their mass/industrial production, their art, value, and their distribution reflecting the wealth of the information existing in the field of science and engineering to therapeutics. On the other hand, there is no book exclusively devoted to the fascinating topic of biopolymers especially to “Chitosan” and its unique properties and applications. A few books contain scattered chapters and details on chitosan emphasizing the possibilities of locating fragments of information elsewhere. However, again there is no book that is solely devoted to chitosan and its versatile applications. In the meantime, the expanded applications of chitosan are on the rise in many fields, making a book that covers both past and novel applications of this “Biopolymer for the Future” as well as its properties and ways in which to manipulate them, crucial.

The main aim in compiling this book is to present, in easy-to-follow sequence, a description of chitosan production methods and of techniques which can be used to estimate and modify its physical and chemical properties. This book offers a full description not only of the traditional and recent developments following applications of chitosan in the fields of biotechnology, environmental studies, food, medicine, water treatments, drug delivery including all therapeutically usages, but also topics which have never been covered in the literature, making it of utmost importance to industry and academia.

We hope that this book will assist all levels of readers. It is dedicated not only to academic community but also to the researchers and industrialist who will find this book to be a source of knowledge as well as a launching pad for novel ideas and inventions. In particular, this book is expected to be of interest to the people involved in formulations, water-treating methods, food scientists, technologists, industrial chemists and engineers. Potential readers also include both professional and dedicated non-professional environmentalists, agriculturists, and those working on the development of novel chitosan-based matrices and their applications. Finally, it is expected that this book will find a prominent place in the traditional universities and research institutions libraries where chemistry, biotechnology, medicine as well as environmental studies, and other practical and theoretical mechanized topics are taught, studied, and implemented.

Shakeel Ahmed and Saiqa Ikram
Delhi, India
June 2017

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