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Water-induced local ordering of chitosan polymer chains in thin layer films

Abstract : Carbon-13 NMR (CP-MAS and FSLG 1H–13C HETCOR) have been applied to chitosan salt films synthesized in acetic acid and exposed to different relative humidity environments (32% or 75%) at 20 °C for 1 month. It gives insight in the relationship between structure and functional properties according to the hydration level of this biomaterial as a film. The acetate ions trapped in the chitosan act as structuring agents between chitosan chains for the low hydration state. But, increasing the moisture content induces spontaneous removal of acetic acid and a subsequent modification in the film structure, with an increase in local ordering. HETCOR experiments also showed a multiplicity of signals for most of the observed carbon atoms and in particular those implied in the glycosidic linkage, which reveals different water-induced conformational states. Changing the water content allows to modify the polymer structure and therefore to modulate the properties such as controlled release of active compounds trapped in chitosan-based coatings, e.g., for medicated dressing or active packaging.
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Claire Madeleine-Perdrillat, Thomas Karbowiak, Jesus Raya, Régis Gougeon, Philippe Bodart, et al.. Water-induced local ordering of chitosan polymer chains in thin layer films. Carbohydrate Polymers, Elsevier, 2015, 118, pp.107-114. ⟨10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.11.001⟩. ⟨hal-02510661⟩

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