The subject invention provides silica-based material that has high affinity to chitin, chitin derivatives and chitin-containing microorganisms at an acidic pH. In an embodiment, the silica-based material surface comprises glass. Also provided are methods for preparing the subject silica-based chitin-binding material. In addition, the subject invention provides rapid, specific, sensitive, accurate and convenient methods for detection, isolation and purification of chitin, chitin derivatives and chitin-containing microorganisms.
Dao, My Lien, "Silica-based material for detection and isolation of chitin and chitin-containing microorganisms" (2013). USF Patents. 261.
University of South Florida