Applications of Chitosan Composites in Pharmaceutical and Food Sectors


Applications of Chitosan Composites in Pharmaceutical and Food Sectors

Rabinarayan Parhi

Despite of many advantages including biocompatibility, biodegradability and nono-toxicity, chitosan alone suffered in terms of application in pharmaceutical and biomedical fields because of low mechanical strength and poor thermal stability. Therefore, more attention is being given to chitosan based composites to improve above mentioned properties and to modify its drug release potential; chitosan is being blended with other natural or synthetic polymers or by incorporating nano-fillers to either obtain simple composites or nanocomposites. More importantly, these composite materials based on chitosan can be moulded into various shapes and forms such as hydrogel, films, fibers, microspheres, nanospheres, scaffold, beads, sponges and solution to suit different pharmaceutical and biomedical applications including drug delivery systems, tissue engineering and wound healing, and food packaging.

Chitosan, Composite, Biodegradable, Biocompatable, Microsphere, Scaffold

Published online 4/20/2020, 50 pages

Citation: Rabinarayan Parhi, Applications of Chitosan Composites in Pharmaceutical and Food Sectors, Materials Research Foundations, Vol. 73, pp 86-135, 2020


Part of the book on Advanced Applications of Polysaccharides and their Composites

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