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Information about the optical properties of chitin.

Applications

Chitin and chitosan have a large number of commercial applications due to unusual and often unstudied properties of both compounds. Both are found in many commonly used products as well as products being tested for consumer use. They will probably … Continue reading

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Chitin and Chitosan Molecules

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Chitosan: a Derivative of Chitin

The most commercially useful derivative of chitin is chitosan. It is made by the deacetylation of the pure chitin compound. Typically, pure chitin is harvested from shrimp, crab and lobster shells disposed of by restaurants. In this process, an acetyl … Continue reading

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Basic Chemical Structure

Chitin was discovered in 1811 by Henri Braconnot, a chemist who worked mostly with plants and fungi. He originally named it fungine, because it was a main structural component in fungi cell walls. In 1823, chitin was found in … Continue reading

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References

[1] Argyros, A., S. Manos, M.C. J. Large, D.R. McKenzie, G.C. Cox, and D.M Dwarte. “Electron Tomography and Computer Visualisation of a Three-dimensional ‘photonic’ Crystal in a Butterfly Wing-scale.” Micron 33.5 (2002): 483-87.
[2] Biro, L.P., K. Kertesz, Z. Vertesy, G. … Continue reading

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Optical Properties of Chitin

In order to further study the optical properties of beetles, I must study the structure and optical properties of chitin.
In order to further understand the optical properties of beetles, I must first learn about the structure and optical properties of … Continue reading

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