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Chitin and Chitosan - Physicochemical Properties and Industrial Applications

Mohammed Berrada

Laboratory of Biomolecules and Organic Synthesis

A pioneering researcher in polymer science, involved in numerous university-industry transfer technology projects. Appointed head of the Innovation and Technology Platform at Hassan II University. Member of the Quebec Order of Chemists and holder of more than ten registered patents.


Chemistry of Chitosan Synthesis Modification Drug Delivery Systems Wound dressings Hydrogels Corrosion Inhibitors Polysaccharide-Based Superabsorbents Materials Bioactivity of Chitin Bioactivity of Chitosan Adsorption of Industrial Waste. Elimination of Industrial Waste

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The book, Chitin and Chitosan - Physicochemical Properties and Industrial Applications, provides an overview of the extraction, modification, characterization, and application of chitin and chitosan derivatives from crustacean by-products and their physicochemical properties. It presents and explains important studies and develops new and innovative methods of biological and physicochemical analysis in the fields of organic and mineral environmental pollution, corrosion inhibitors, drug delivery systems, superabsorbent materials, nanotechnology, textiles, biotechnology, and biomedical sciences.

Our book will distinguish itself from competing volumes by discussing the synthesis, purification, analysis, and properties of chitin-chitosan polymers as a renewable source of natural biodegradable polysaccharides and also by presenting various practical and potential new applications of these materials. It is highly recommended for industrial personnel involved in bioprocesses, biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, food engineering, medical and pharmaceutical industries as well as for readers interested in environmental protection and who wish to specialize in chitin and chitosan derivative technologies.

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Date completed: September 4th 2020

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Mohammed Berrada

Laboratory of Biomolecules and Organic Synthesis

Professor Berrada joined the Hassan II University of Casablanca in 1994 and assumed many responsibilities which led him to head the Casablanca Innovation and Technology Platform. He has set up in his Laboratory of Biomolecules and Organic Synthesis, a research program in the fields of thermostable and photosensitive materials, intelligent polymers, hydrogels, and nanoparticles for drug delivery systems, biodegradable superabsorbents, and corrosion inhibitors. Professor Berrada received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the Macromolecular Sciences Division of Pierre and Marie Curie University in 1992, and another Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Ben M'Sik Faculty of Sciences in 1998. He completed postdoctoral training at the Engineering Department of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan in 1994. From 2006 to 2009, Professor Berrada was Director of Research and Development Department at Intersand Inc., where he patented the innovative OdourLock litter technology which was a breakthrough and a huge success for the company. He joined Lysac Technologies in January 2003 and took on the task of creating and leading the Department of Polymer Chemistry. Prof. Berrada has also been involved in many University-Industry transfer technology projects. In 1998, he joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at McGill University. In 2000, he joined Biosyntech Inc. a Canadian pharmaceutical industry and was Director of the Therapeutic Delivery Department. Professor Berrada has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and conference proceedings and is the author of several published and industrially exploited patents.

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