Chitosan and its nanocarriers: Applications and opportunities

Nandita Sharma, Devendra Singh, Radha Rani, Deepmala Sharma, Himanshu Pandey, Vishnu Agarwal

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11 Scopus citations


Chitosan offers a wide range of applications in therapeutic and nonpharmaceutical fields. Chitosan-based nanomaterials have also gained importance in agriculture due to their role in plant growth, physiological responses, nutrient uptake, and antibacterial and antifungal activity in plants. Among various derivatives of chitosan, carboxymethyl chitosan is today the most promising in scientific applications, being used in tissue engineering, drug delivery, microbiology, the cosmetics industry, bioimaging, material sciences, and gene therapy. The chapter highlights various biological and physicochemical properties of carboxymethyl chitosan, and its potential for further development in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanomaterials in Plants, Algae and Microorganisms
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts and Controversies: Volume 2
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128114889
ISBN (Print)9780128116456
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological properties
  • Carboxymethyl chitosan
  • Chitosan
  • Chitosan derivatives
  • Nanocarriers
  • Physicochemical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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