Abundant in Nature
Chitosan is a close derivative of Chitin [poly(acetylglucosamine)], and is the second most abundant biopolymer in the world!
Only cellulose (the building block of all plants) is more abundant in nature.
Chitosan is a versatile biopolymer with unique properties. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and biocompatible.
There are 400+ established applications for chitosan in industries such as water treatment, textiles, agriculture, food processing, and many more.
Positive (+) Charge
Chitosan is the only biopolymer in the world that naturally occurs with a positive (cationic) electrostatic charge! This gives chitosan bacteriostatic and flocculating properties.
Formulated chitosan chemistry solutions increase thermal stability, char density, and overall fire retardancy in textile and building material applications.
Plant Elicitor & Biostimulant
Chitosan has a unique mode of action as an elicitor in how it stimulates plant SAR defense pathways.
GREEN & ECONOMICAL
Natural products will continue to win more market share from synthetic chemicals as consumers and businesses are becoming more aware of their environmental impact.
Our chitosan solutions provide an exciting opportunity for your businesses to replace the following chemicals, often at a lower cost:
- Heavy metal antimicrobials: such as silver nanoparticles, copper, and more
- Other toxic antimicrobials: triclosan, and more
- Inorganic flocculants & coagulants: such as polyacrylamides (which degrade into acrylamide)
- Pesticides & Insecticides
Chitosan Value Chain
Chitin and chitosan occur in crustacean shells (crab, shrimp, lobster, etc.), insect exoskeletons, fish scales, and in the cell walls of fungi. Our sources are byproducts from sustainably managed fisheries.
Chitin (10-60% DDA) is insoluble in everything other than strong ionic solutions that are both expensive and impractical, making chitin unusable until turned into chitosan (60-95% DDA) for most applications.
Chitosan flake has a lower percentage of acetyl groups than chitin, which makes it soluble in dilute organic acid solutions. Once solubilized into a liquid solution it is usable for many applications.
Liquid chitosan is a non-Newtonian fluid that, when made with high molecular weight chitosan, reaches extremely high viscosities and requires specialized equipment to dissolve, mix, pump, and filter into a consistent solution.
To get the best results for certain applications, liquid chitosan solutions may need to be formulated with different specifications (MW, DDA, etc.) of flake and blended with various additives to maximize performance.
TRANSFORMING THE CHITOSAN INDUSTRY
Our innovations and economy of scale enable us to supply you with chitosan solutions optimized for your industry at a lower cost than the market has ever seen while leading the industry in customization, quality, and consistency.
Our team of chitosan experts will help you find the most practical and cost-effective chitosan solution for your application.
See Our Technology page for more information about our innovative chitosan process and product technologies.
Tidal Vision’s quality control team produces a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for every batch manufactured. Our production team follows strict and repeatable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure the highest quality and consistency. Further, we have a 3rd party laboratory analyze every batch down to the parts per billion to ensure No Detectable Levels of allergens are present before that batch is moved into one of our final product facilities.
LIQUID CHITOSAN IS EASIER
Chitosan flake needs to be dissolved into a liquid solution, not just dispersed in suspension, to be effective and efficient in most real world applications.
Liquid chitosan solutions, when made with high quality chitosan, reach high viscosities (50,000+ cps) during manufacturing and require specialized equipment to produce consistently.
Using chitosan is now easy with our liquid chitosan solutions and optimized formulas that are ready to use with your existing infrastructure.
Performance for different applications greatly depends on the specifications (DDA, MW, etc.) of the chitosan flake used.
We make data informed decisions when delivering chitosan solutions for your industry. For example, in water treatment, our high molecular weight chitosan solution reduce application rates by 70-80% when compared with lower molecular weight chitosan. We have formulas optimized for the water, textile, and agriculture industries.
DO YOU HAVE A CHITOSAN PROJECT?
We provide free samples and support you from pilot through production!