high molecular weight

Deacetylated chitin, Poly(D-glucosamine)
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(Coarse ground flakes and powder)

mol wt

310000-375000 Da


800-2000 cP, 1 wt. % in 1% acetic acid(25 °C, Brookfield)(lit.)


H2O: insoluble
organic solvents: insoluble



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


50, 250 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


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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 molecular weight of Chitosan, Product 419419?

    Although we do not measure molecular weight on a batch to batch basis, we would expect it to be approximately 310,000 to >375,000 based on the viscosity range of 800-2000 mPaS.

  4. What is the particle size of Product 419419, Chitosan?

    The particle size has not been determined.  It is described as being course ground flakes or powder.

  5. What is the solubility of Product 419419, Chitosan?

    Chitosan is insoluble in water or organic solvents.  Hazy suspensions can be prepared in 1M acetic acid at a concentration of 10 mg/mL, but extensive sonication may be required to fully suspend the material.

  6. What is the source of Product 419419, Chitosan?

    Chitosan is a natural biopolymer commerically derived from chitin from crustacean shells.  

  7. What is the pH of Product 419419, Chitosan?

    Our supplier estimates that the pH falls within the range of 6.5-8.0.

  8. What are some uses for chitosan?

    Chitosan is a 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. Please note that Product No. 419419 is for research purposes only, not for cosmetic or drug use.

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  10. What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?

    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

Wei-Hsuan Lo et al.
Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25(21) (2020-11-07)
(1) Background: Few antifungal drugs are currently available, and drug-resistant strains have rapidly emerged. Thus, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the antifungal activity from a combinational treatment of chitosan with a clinical antifungal drug...
Lana Glerieide Silva Garcia et al.
Carbohydrate polymers, 195, 662-669 (2018-05-29)
Difficulties in the treatment of Candida spp. invasive infections are usually related to the formation of biofilms. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of molecular weight (MW) of chitosan (using high (HMW), medium (MMW) and low...
Alberto Busilacchi et al.
Carbohydrate polymers, 98(1), 665-676 (2013-08-31)
The idea of using chitosan as a functional delivery aid to support simultaneously PRP, stem cells and growth factors (GF) is associated with the intention to use morphogenic biomaterials to modulate the natural healing sequence in bone and other tissues....
Stephanie Supper et al.
Expert opinion on drug delivery, 11(2), 249-267 (2013-12-07)
Thermogelling chitosan (CS)/glycerophosphate (GP) solutions have been reported as a new type of parenteral in situ forming depot system. These free-flowing solutions at ambient temperature turn into semi-solid hydrogels after parenteral administration. Formulation parameters such as CS physico-chemical characteristics, CS/gelling...
Hajer Aloui et al.
International journal of food microbiology, 170, 21-28 (2013-12-03)
This study reports the efficacy of the combined application of chitosan (CH) and Locust Bean Gum (LBG) in combination with different citrus essential oils (EOs) to inhibit Aspergillus flavus in vitro and on artificially infected dates for a storage period...
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