from shrimp shells, practical grade

Deacetylated chitin, Poly(D-glucosamine)
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biological source

shrimp shells

Quality Level


practical grade

mol wt

190000-375000 Da


>200 cP, 1 wt. % in 1% acetic acid(20 °C, Brookfield)(lit.)


1 M acetic acid: 10 mg/mL



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


25, 100 g in poly bottle

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.

Physical form

≥ 75% deacetylated

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  1. 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.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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