TITLE

Dual-functional chitosan-methylisothiazolinone/microfibrillated cellulose biocomposites for enhancing antibacterial and mechanical properties of agar films

AUTHOR(S)
Liu, Kai; Lin, Xinxing; Chen, Lihui; Huang, Liulian; Cao, Shilin
PUB. DATE
February 2014
SOURCE
Cellulose;Feb2014, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p519
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In order to enhance the antibacterial and mechanical properties of agar films, the chitosan-methylisothiazolinone (C-MIT) complex was first prepared by the ionic gelation method, and the characterization of the C-MIT complex was carried out by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Thermo gravimetry. Chitosan was successfully crosslinked with tripolyphosphate for the nanoencapsulation of methylisothiazolinone, and the C-MIT complex was spherical in shape with a diameter of about 10 nm. The C-MIT/MFC biocomposites obtained through the adsorption of the C-MIT complex on the microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) was then incorporated into the agar films. In comparison with the pure agar films, the tensile strength of the agar composite films was increased by about 19 % at the loading of 10 wt% of C-MIT/MFC biocomposites, and antibacterial tests demonstrated that the agar composite films exhibited remarkable antibacterial activities against both Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. This work provides a new approach to utilizing multifunctional agar films in the medical field.
ACCESSION #
93894106

 

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