From Chitin to Chitosan

Two hundred years after its identification in mushrooms, and later in insects, chitin, and its derivative chitosan, provide one of the most valuables and sustainable resources. Chitin is non-toxic and biodegradable, and therefore more environmentally friendly than most synthetic polymers. It is also an anti-microbial, providing the fungi and animals it coats with anti-diseases defenses.

A chapter, entitled : “From Chitin to Chitosan,” collates the main developments and conclusions from over 350 published articles. The aim is to provide a comprehensive presentation of the scientific and technological advances that populate the vast panorama of chitin and chitosan. The chapter, which is co-authored by M. Rinaudo and S. Perez, is available as an e-chapter on ( and in the form of downloadable “portable document format.”