417963 Aldrich


from shrimp shells, practical grade

Synonym: Deacetylated chitin, Poly(D-glucosamine)



Related Categories Chitosan, Chitosan and Chitin, Chitosans (Animal Origin), Materials Science, Natural Polymers and Biopolymers,
biological source   from shrimp shells
grade   practical grade
mol wt   mol wt 190000-375000 Da
viscosity   >200 cP, 1 wt. % in 1% acetic acid(20 °C, Brookfield)(lit.)
solubility   1 M acetic acid: soluble10 mg/mL


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25, 100 g in poly bottle

Physical form

≥ 75% deacetylated


Forms gels with multivalent anions. Gives clear solutions that dry to strong, clear films.

Features and Benefits

Biocompatible, antibacterial and environmentally friendly polyelectrolyte with a variety of applications including water treatment, chromatography, additives for cosmetics, textile treatment for antimicrobial activity, novel fibers for textiles, photographic papers, biodegradable films, biomedical devices, and microcapsule implants for controlled release in drug delivery.

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The Future of Bioimaging
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Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?
If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis. These documents are located on the product detail page under Useful Links & Tools. Click on the following link to search for a Certificate of Analysis. Please click the following link to see the details on our Product Dating Information.
How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?
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What is the solubility of Chitosan, Product 417963?
Product No. 417963 is tested for solubility using 50 mg of chitosan in 5 mL of 1M acetic acid. Solubilization may require heat and sonication. This is a practical grade material, so some insolubles may exist.
What is the molecular weight of the Chitosan, Product 417963, polymer?
The molecular weight is not measured during quality control and is not guaranteed for this chitosan product. We have an estimated value from the vendor as 190,000->375,000, which is based on the viscosity of 200-2000 mPa.s.
What are some uses for Chitosan, Product 417963?
Chitosan has recently found many applications in the field of biomaterials. It has been studied for use in biodegradable films, biomedical devices, drug-delivery applications, etc. More information and references on chitosan and other biomaterials can be found at the following link: or at the link entitled "Chitosan" on the product detail page for this product:
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Protocols & Articles


Chitosan-based Biomaterials

Chitin, a natural polysaccharide, is the second most abundant natural biopolymer in the world, after cellulose. It is the primary, high modulus fibrous component of the exoskeleton of arthropods incl...
Guolin Wu1, Hui Gao2, and Jianbiao Ma1,2
Material Matters, 2012 v7, n3
Keywords: Absorption, Applications, Cell attachment, Cell culture, Degradations, Dialysis, Diseases, Growth factors, Metabolites, Methods, Pharmaceutical, Purification, Renal Disease, Transfection, Vectors

Chitosan: A Versatile Platform for Pharmaceutical Applications

Raphael Riva and Christine Jerome* Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules University of Liege, Chemistry Department, Sart-Tilman, Building B6a, 4000 Liege, Belgium *Email: c.jerome@ulg.a...
Keywords: Acetylations, Adhesion, Aminations, Cancer, Condensations, Coupling reactions, Degradations, Derivatizations, Ethoxylations, Growth factors, Ligands, Pharmaceutical, Polymerization reactions, Precipitation, Reductions, Reductive aminations, Solvents, Substitutions, Transfection

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