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Lindy Heath, Lifan Zhu and Dr. Wim Thielemans Chitin Nanowhisker Aerogels ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200717

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Chitin aerogels are prepared by the aqueous self-assembly of chitin nanowhiskers under low-power sonication, followed by solvent exchange with ethanol and drying with scCO2. The aerogels have a high modulus and only shrink by 4 % on average during the solvent exchange and scCO2 drying steps. These aerogels could be useful as thermal insulators, catalyst supports and for the construction of biomedical materials.

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