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Chitin from shrimp shells

practical grade, coarse flakes

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biological source

shrimp shells


practical grade


coarse flakes


off-white to light beige

storage temp.

room temp

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Chitin from shrimp shells, a long-chain polymer of a β-1,4 linked N-acetylglucosamine residues, may be used to study the formation and physicochemical properties of arthropod exoskeletons. It may be used to identify and characterize chitinase(s) and chitin deacetylase(s) and for comparison with chitins from other species. Chitin from shrimp shells may be used in chitin asthma and allergy research. Chitin may be used as a viscosity/thickening agent or binder.

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Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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