Protein-polysaccharide composite materials: Fabrication and applications

Elizabeth J. Bealer, Shola Onissema-Karimu, Ashley Rivera-Galletti, Maura Francis, Jason Wilkowski, David Salas de la Cruz, Xiao Hu

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Protein-polysaccharide composites have been known to show a wide range of applications in biomedical and green chemical fields. These composites have been fabricated into a variety of forms, such as films, fibers, particles, and gels, dependent upon their specific applications. Post treatments of these composites, such as enhancing chemical and physical changes, have been shown to favorably alter their structure and properties, allowing for specificity of medical treatments. Protein-polysaccharide composite materials introduce many opportunities to improve biological functions and contemporary technological functions. Current applications involving the replication of artificial tissues in tissue regeneration, wound therapy, effective drug delivery systems, and food colloids have benefited from protein-polysaccharide composite materials. Although there is limited research on the development of protein-polysaccharide composites, studies have proven their effectiveness and advantages amongst multiple fields. This review aims to provide insight on the elements of protein-polysaccharide complexes, how they are formed, and how they can be applied in modern material science and engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number464
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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