Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

CytroCell micronized cellulose enhances the structural and thermal properties of IntegroPectin cross-linked films



Added to grapefruit IntegroPectin in solution the micronized cellulose CytroCell, co-product of the IntegroPectin extraction via hydrodynamic cavitation, enhances the structural and thermal properties of the resulting cross-linked composite films. The films become strong but remain highly flexible as no transition glass temperature is observed, whereas the thermal properties are substantially improved. No organic solvent, acid or base is used from the extraction of the new pectin and cellulose biopolymers through filming their nanocomposites, thereby establishing a completely green route to a new class of biobased 2D films (and 3D scaffolds) with numerous potential application in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and in the treatment of infections.


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