Submitted to: American Leather Chemists Association Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/2/2005
Publication Date: 6/20/2005
Citation: Kasala, J., Taylor, M.M., Raschik, P., Kolomaznik, K. 2005. Engineering study of collagen grafting [abstract]. American Leather Chemists Association. Paper No. 12. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In the production of collagen films used in the packaging industry, the main raw material comes from tanneries in the form of bovine hide splits. This material cannot be used for the final leather products. In the processing of food packaging materials the most important operation is protein crosslinking. In most of the applications the grafting agents are aldehydes. For the purpose of environmently friendly production there has been recent activity to replace the aldehydes by non-toxic compounds. In this paper we discuss using the enzyme transglutaminase for the grafting of collagen and compare the products with aldehyde crosslinking. In addition we present the results of grafting with ionizing radiation.