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Issue 14, 2017
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Engineering strategies for chitin nanofibers

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Abstract

Chitin nanofibers are key components in several structural biological materials. Chitin nanofibers are often part of a hierarchical structure formed by chitin molecules assembled into larger nano- and microfibers, aligned, and assembled into a twisted plywood structure. As a result, structural biological materials often couple lightweight with exceptional mechanical properties. These biological materials are an inspiration for engineered biomimetic composites that incorporate chitin nanofibers. Here, we review engineering approaches to obtain chitin nanofibers and their applications.

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The article was received on 21 Dec 2016, accepted on 16 Feb 2017 and first published on 17 Feb 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6TB03324E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017,5, 2547-2559
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    Engineering strategies for chitin nanofibers

    X. Zhang and M. Rolandi, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, 5, 2547
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TB03324E

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