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Monday, October 11, 2010

A PhD thesis on biological superabsorbents

Here is a PhD thesis by our former PhD student Akram Zamani about Superabsorbent Polymers from the Cell Wall of Zygomycetes Fungi. Akram started her PhD in Borås 2006 and defended her thesis in Oct. 2010. Here are the published articles from her thesis:

1- Determination of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine in fungal cell walls. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2008; 56 (18): 8314-8318.

2- Extraction and precipitation of chitosan from cell wall of zygomycetes fungi by dilute sulfuric acid. Biomacromolecules 2007; 8 (12): 3786-3790.

3- Production of low molecular weight chitosan by hot dilute sulfuric acid. BioResources 2010; 5 (3): 1554-1564.

4- Temperature shifts for extraction and purification of zygomycetes chitosan with dilute sulfuric acid. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2010; 11(8): 2976-2987.

5- A new foaming technique for production of superabsorbents from carboxymethyl chitosan. Carbohydrate Polymers 2010; 80 (4): 1091-1101.

6- Effects of partial dehydration and freezing temperature on the morphology and water binding capacity of carboxymethyl chitosan-based superabsorbents. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2010; 49: 8094-8099.

7- Effect of carboxymethylation conditions on water binding capacity of chitosan-based superabsorbents. Carbohydrate Research, in press.

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