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Process for electrospinning chitin fibers from chitinous biomass solution

United States Patent

June 20, 2017
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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.
Swatloski; Richard P. (Tuscaloosa, AL), Barber; Patrick S. (Tuscaloosa, AL), Opichka; Terrance (Tuscaloosa, AL), Bonner; Jonathan R. (Brookwood, AL), Gurau; Gabriela (Tuscaloosa, AL), Griggs; Christopher Scott (Vicksburg, MS), Rogers; Robin D. (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
13/ 949,501
July 24, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH 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.