Porous chitin microbeads for more sustainable cosmetics

C King, Julia Shamshina, O Zavgorodnya, T Cutfield, L Block, R D Rogers

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The microbead form is a material architecture that is promising for use in biomedical and cosmetic applications; however, the use of petroleum-based microbeads (i.e., plastics) has raised significant environmental concerns in recent years. Microbeads prepared from renewable polymers could represent a sustainable alternative to these synthetic microbeads. This work explores the use of chitin in preparing biodegradable, biocompatible microbeads of low toxicity. Chitin microbeads were synthesized using the ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2mim][OAc]); the IL was used to both extract chitin directly from waste shrimp shell and to prepare the porous microbeads by coagulation in polypropylene glycol (PPG). The effects of biopolymer source and bead-preparation parameters on the formation of beads were investigated, as well as the effects of the drying conditions on the dry bead structure. It was found that IL-extracted chitin could be used to prepare beads
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11660–11667
JournalACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.
StatePublished - 2017


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