• 1 Universiti Sains Malaysia


Chitosan was chemically modified with bulky structure, cis-5-norbornene-2, 3-dicarboxylic anhydride and the characteristic of this modified chitosan was studied. The resulting material was analyzed by FTIR, TGA, DSC, XRD and SEM to study the effect of N-acylation to the polysaccharide structure. FTIR results show that the anhydride monomer was successfully bound to amine group of chitosan. Thermal analysis of the modified structure provides the chitosan fibers with thermal stability while XRD and SEM show the lost of crystallinity of modified chitosan. XRD of modified chitosan shows broader peak pattern and a considerable increase in a dimension while SEM of chitosan presented the single particle morphology while norbornene-chitosan shows aggromolarate behaviour due to the hydrophobic nature of norbornene pendant group which induced aggromolaration of the particles in modified structure.