Disclosed are methods for electrospinning chitinous biomass solution to form chitin fibers, using ionic liquids or other ion-containing liquids as solvent. Chitin fibers produced thereby and articles containing such chitin fibers are also disclosed. The chitin fiber thus obtained has very high surface area and improved strength over currently commercially available chitin materials.
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 This invention was made with Government Support under Grant 00120427 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program. The Government has certain rights in the invention.