Xyloglucans (XGs) are interesting substrates for the production of scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug delivery depots and hydrogel dressings, thanks to their ability to gel in appropriate conditions, such as in the presence of hydro-alcoholic solvents or by addition of sugar molecules. Due to their natural source, they are characterized by high average molecular weights and broad molecular weight distributions. High energy irradiation is a suitable tool to reduce polysaccharides molecular weight without a dramatic alteration of the polymer chemical structure and gelation ability. In this work, the effect of the radiation dose on the molecular weight of a XG derived from Tamarind seeds is investigated. The rheological properties of the gels obtained by adding ethanol to the polymer water solutions are also described. The effects of alcohol content, storage time and irradiation dose on gel strength are discussed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSACTIONS|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)