High Energy Chemistry

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 150–154 | Cite as

Production of the low-molecular-weight chitin and chitosan forms in electron-beam plasma

  • T. M. Vasil’eva
  • S. A. Lopatin
  • V. P. Varlamov
Plasma Chemistry


The degradation of chitin and chitosans of different molecular weights stimulated by electronbeam plasmas of different gases has been experimentally studied. Biologically active water-soluble lowmolecular-weight chitooligosaccharides are formed as a result of plasma-beam treatment. It has been found that the degradation is a controlled process and products with a necessary molecular weight can be obtained by appropriately choosing plasma-beam treatment parameters (chemical composition of the plasma gas and treatment time and temperature).


electron-beam plasma chitin chitosan plasma-chemical methods of polysaccharide degradation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. M. Vasil’eva
    • 1
  • S. A. Lopatin
    • 2
  • V. P. Varlamov
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyMoscow oblastRussia
  2. 2.Institute of BioengineeringBiotechnology Research Center, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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