Pectin: methods of extraction and biomedical application

Document Type : Review Articles


1 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Benha university, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Cellulose and paper Department, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt, P.O. 12622

3 Packaging Materials Department, National Research Centre, 33 El Bohouth St. (former El Tahrir St.), Dokki, Giza, P.O. 12622, Egypt.

4 Field crops Research Department., National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt, P.O. 12622


Pectin is a naturally occurring biopolymer found in various plant tissues, such as fruits, vegetables, and some seaweeds. It is a complex polysaccharide composed of a chain of galacturonic acid units that can form a gel when combined with sugar and acid under certain conditions. This unique property of pectin makes it useful in many different applications in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. pectin is a versatile biopolymer with a wide range of applications in various industries, especially in pharmaceuticals, food and biotechnology. This study will discuss the origins and extraction of pectin from the orange peel as well as its chemical structure and general characteristics. Furthermore, pectin-based hybrid materials, composite materials and emulsions are synthesized, characterized and evaluated.


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