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Report Summarizes Sugar Alcohols Study Findings from Tottori University

March 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Sugar Alcohols have been published. According to news originating from Tottori, Japan, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofiber films plasticized with glycerol were prepared to control mechanical properties. Nanofiber networks were able to retain excessive glycerol content up to 70% to obtain self-standing film."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Tottori University, "All films were flexible and highly transparent independent of glycerol content. Glycerol significantly decreased the Young's moduli and tensile strengths, and increased the fracture strain due to its plasticizing effect."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "At the same time, glycerol did not change the high transparency or the low thermal expansion of the nanofiber film."

For more information on this research see: Control of mechanical properties of chitin nanofiber film using glycerol without losing its characteristics. Carbohydrate Polymers, 2014;101():714-717. Carbohydrate Polymers can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Carbohydrate Polymers -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from S. Ifuku, Tottori Univ, Res Center Biosci & Technol, Minami Ku, Tottori 6808550, Japan. Additional authors for this research include A. Ikuta, H. Izawa, M. Morimoto and H. Saimoto (see also Sugar Alcohols).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Tottori, Glycerol, Sugar Alcohols

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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