Extraction of high thermally stable and nanofibrous chitin from Cicada (Cicadoidea)

Abbas Mol, Murat Kaya, Muhammad Mujtaba, Bahar Akyuz

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Due to the increasing interest in natural biopolymers including chitin, the exploitation of economic and easily accessible chitin sources with good physicochemical properties is nowadays required. In view of this fact, in the current study chitin was extracted and physicochemically characterized from six Cicadas (Hemiptera: Homoptera: Cicadoidea) species collected from Mediterranean region of Turkey (2014–15). Chitin was extracted using a classic extraction method that includes acid and base treatment. TGA results revealed a remarkable increase (410–412°C) for all the six Cicada species compared to other chitin samples extracted from various sources. For all of the six selected species the chitin contents on the dry basis were determined as 6.7% for Cicadatra atra, 5.51% for C. hyalina, 8.84% for C. platyptera, 4.97% for Cicada lodosi, 6.49% for C. mordoganensis, and 5.88% for Cicadetta tibialis. The surface morphology of chitin isolates from Cicada species was observed to consist of nanofibers and nanopores.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-489
JournalEntomological Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • biopolymer
  • characterization
  • chitin
  • Cicadas
  • Insect
  • isolation


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