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Research Project: Improving the Quality of Animal Hides, Reducing Environmental Impacts of Hide Production, and Developing Value-Added Products from Wool

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Title: The Use of Polymerized Genipin for the Stabilization of the Collagen Structure of Animal Hides

item LIU, JIE - Zhengzhou University
item Brown, Eleanor - Ellie
item Liu, Cheng Kung
item KEYONG, TANG - Zhengzhou University

Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/16/2018
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Technical Abstract: Animal hides are the major byproduct of meat industry and the collagen fibers is the main constituent. Crosslinkers play a key role in stabilizing the collagen structure for useful applications. Genipin is widely used as an ideal biological protein crosslinking agent due to its low toxicity compared to glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde. Investigations have been carried out to study the effect of polymerized genipin (polygenipin) crosslinking on color and thermal stability of collagen fibers of hide powders by using colorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. The results of current research demonstrate that polygenipin can crosslink collagen, in powdered hide, and that by varying the polymerizing conditions, both the thermal stability of the crosslinked product can be varied. In addition, different degrees of genipin polymerization imparted blue or brown colors to the crosslinked product without the need for dyes. This study suggests that polygenipin can be potentially useful in producing eco-friendly collagen fibrous products for biomedical and packaging applications.