Chitosan is a biodegradable and biocompatible polymer obtained from renewable and abundant sources. It has many potential applications including wound dressings, food packaging, water purification and more, primarily due to its antimicrobial and heavy-ion affinity properties, Chitosan’s limiting property for many applications is its low mechanical strength. Chitosan oligomers deposited on a suitable substrate can be used to improve the mechanical properties of the end product. In this project, we will model the chitosan adsorption to various substrate surfaces using NAMD open-source molecular dynamics software. We will use the simulation results to narrow the choice of suitable substrates, to be tested experimentally. The aim is to develop a prototype system for antimicrobial and heavy metal capture applications.
For more information about the project contact Dr Paul Mulheran (email@example.com), Reader at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/mulheranpauldr/
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