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Biocompatible locust bean gum mesoporous matrices prepared by ionic liquids and a scCO2 sustainable system

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Abstract

Locust bean gum (LBG) is a natural polymer that belongs to the increasingly attractive biodegradable polymers derived from natural sources. This polymer possesses a number of appealing features such as non-toxicity that confer it a high potential for the use in fields such as pharmacy and food industries. In this work, three methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) were used as alternative media in the preparation of biocompatible LBG gel matrices. The process consists of dissolving the biomaterial in a selected IL followed by a multi-step solvent exchange using a mixture of water and ethanol. The final gel (internal surface areas ranging from 60 to 180 m2 g−1) is then dried using a semi-continuous high pressure CO2 extraction process. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that LBG mesoporous gel matrices are reported using this efficient sustainable method.

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Submitted
27 Aug 2015
Accepted
30 Nov 2015
First published
07 Dec 2015

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 107700-107706
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Biocompatible locust bean gum mesoporous matrices prepared by ionic liquids and a scCO2 sustainable system

M. G. Ventura, A. I. Paninho, A. V. M. Nunes, I. M. Fonseca and L. C. Branco, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 107700
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA17314K

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