Chitin Nanofiber Membranes for Chiral Separation

Yuuki Sueyoshi, Takeshi Hashimoto, Masakazu Yoshikawa, Shinsuke Ifuku


Nanofiber membranes for chiral separation were prepared from chitin, which is the most abundant natural amino polysaccharide. The membrane showed chiral separation ability by adopting concentration gradient as a driving force for membrane transport. In other words, the chitin nanofiber membrane selectively transported the D-isomer of glutamic acid (Glu), phenylalanine (Phe), and lysine (Lys) from the corresponding racemic amino acid mixtures.

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Sustainable Agriculture Research   ISSN 1927-050X (Print)   ISSN 1927-0518 (Online)

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