Shrimply amazing! Researchers from the University of Houston are looking to transform chitin (found in the cellular walls of shrimps, mushrooms, and other organisms) into a bio-based, biodegradable, high-impact coating for military applications.
Chitin is a derivative of glucose with its long-chain polymer structure held together by acetyl groups. When these groups are removed, the chitin becomes chitosan, which is a less-brittle fiber that is easier to handle and is often sold as a dietary supplement.
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