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Keratin: an introduction

Sharma, Swati and Gupta, Arun and Kumar, Ashok (2018) Keratin: an introduction. In: Keratin as a Protein Biopolymer. Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials . Springer Nature Switzerland, Springer, Cham, pp. 1-18. ISBN 978-3-030-02901-2

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This book provides information about the sources, structure, and properties of keratin as well as its applications. The extraction from different biomass sources (e.g. feathers, hairs, nails, horn, hoof, and claws) as well as the characterization methods of these extracted materials are explained. The development of bioproducts from keratins is challenging and limited since they are neither soluble in polar solvents nor in non-polar solvents. Therefore, the utilization of different microorganisms for the degradation of keratin is also discussed. The main aim of this book is to highlight the unique features of keratin and to update readers with the possible prospects to develop various value-added products from keratins. The book is highly interesting to researchers working in industry and academia on bioproducts, tissue engineering, biocomposites, biofilm, and biofibers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keratin; Extraction from waste biomass; Proteinic biopolymer; Keratin micro/nanoparticles; Biocomposites; Biobased products; Biofilms; Biofibers; Biotechnological applications
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Depositing User: Pn. Hazlinda Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 05:00
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 03:09
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