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Journal of Polymer and Biopolymer Physics Chemistry. 2013, 1(1), 13-21
DOI: 10.12691/jpbpc-1-1-3
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Dextrans in Aqueous Solution. Experimental Review on Intrinsic Viscosity Measurements and Temperature Effect

Martin Alberto Masuelli1, 2,

1Instituto de Física Aplicada, CONICET. Cátedra de Química Física II, Área de Química Física

2Departamento de Química, Facultad de Química, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis, Argentina

Pub. Date: November 22, 2013

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Martin Alberto Masuelli. Dextrans in Aqueous Solution. Experimental Review on Intrinsic Viscosity Measurements and Temperature Effect. Journal of Polymer and Biopolymer Physics Chemistry. 2013; 1(1):13-21. doi: 10.12691/jpbpc-1-1-3


The study of biopolymers as dextran in aqueous solution, is effectively determined by intrinsic viscosity [η] measurements at different temperatures. Molecular weight (Mv) and hydrodynamic properties can be calculated from there. The Mark-Houwink parameters indicate the dependence with temperature (T) in the range from 20 to 50ºC, ie with increasing T a increases and kM-H decreases. These hydrodynamic parameters show that these polysaccharides behave as a compact rigid sphere and contract by the increase of temperature (RH decreases) for the Mw range from 8.8 to 200kDa.

intrinsic viscosity dextrans Mark-Houwink parameters hydrodynamic temperature

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