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Unravelling the structure and function of human hair

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Human hair is transformed into functional nano-dimensional material using a benign choline chloride–urea ionic liquid composite as a deep eutectic melt. The hair and isolated central fibres after treatment with the ionic liquid composite have the ability to immobilise microalgal cells for wastewater treatment and the cuticle cells are effective as templates in coating a sparingly soluble drug molecule which is slowly released at physiological pH. Thus, instead of human hair being a waste, it can be converted to end products with potentially high-end value, with reduced negative impact on the environmental.

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The article was received on 14 Dec 2012, accepted on 04 Apr 2013 and first published on 04 Apr 2013

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC37027E
Citation: Green Chem., 2013,15, 1268-1273
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    Unravelling the structure and function of human hair

    R. A. Boulos, E. Eroglu, X. Chen, A. Scaffidi, B. R. Edwards, J. Toster and C. L. Raston, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 1268
    DOI: 10.1039/C3GC37027E

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