Sustainable functionalized chitosan based nano-composites for wound dressings applications: A review

Deepak Verma, Manunya Okhawilai*, Kheng Lim Goh, Vijay Kumar Thakur, Nangan Senthilkumar, Mohit Sharma, Hiroshi Uyama

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Functionalized chitosan nanocomposites have been studied for wound dressing applications due to their excellent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Polysaccharides show excellent antibacterial and drug-release properties and can be utilized for wound healing. In this article, we comprise distinct approaches for chitosan functionalization, such as photosensitizers, dendrimers, graft copolymerization, quaternization, acylation, carboxyalkylation, phosphorylation, sulfation, and thiolation. The current review article has also discussed brief insights on chitosan nanoparticle processing for biomedical applications, including wound dressings. The chitosan nanoparticle preparation technologies have been discussed, focusing on wound dressings owing to their targeted and controlled drug release behavior. The future directions of chitosan research include; a) finding an effective solution for chronic wounds, which are unable to heal completely; b) providing effective wound healing solutions for diabetic wounds and venous leg ulcers; c) to better understanding the wound healing mechanism with such materials which can help provide the optimum solution for wound dressing; d) to provide an improved treatment option for wound healing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116580
JournalEnvironmental Research
Early online date22 Jul 2023
Publication statusPrint publication - 15 Oct 2023

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  • Biopolymers
  • Chitosan
  • Chitosan nanoparticles
  • Composites
  • Functionalization
  • Hydrogels
  • Wound dressings


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