Textile and Apparel Industries

An exploratory study to investigate the optimum concentration of carbon source for the growth of bacterial nanocellulose (BNC).

Authors
  • Sunidhi Mehta orcid logo (West Virginia University)
  • Armine Ghalachyan orcid logo (Washington State University)

Abstract

Due to the tremendous contributions of the apparel industry to textilewaste and environmental degradation, innovative renewable materials andsustainable practices are becoming increasingly important to alleviate the industry's reliance on petroleum-based textiles. Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) is a natural and biodegradable biopolymer producedby bacteria with unique properties that make it versatile for a variety of applications,from biomedical engineering to electronics, food, and cosmetics. The purpose of this study was to optimize the concentration of two typesof carbon sources for BNC growth in a controlled lab experiment. Our results indicated that the glucose concentration <3 gm/100 ml base solution stinted the growth of BNC. Similarly, using >15ml glycerin/100ml of base solution abated the compromised structural integrity of the BNC membrane. In conclusion, using too little or too much of the carbon source in the BNC culture negatively affected the membrane formation with desirable properties. 

Keywords: Sustainability, bacterial nanocellulose, biomaterials, textile sustainability, fashion industry

How to Cite:

Mehta, S. & Ghalachyan, A., (2024) β€œAn exploratory study to investigate the optimum concentration of carbon source for the growth of bacterial nanocellulose (BNC).”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17071

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Published on
20 Jan 2024
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