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Chitin Polymer Structure

You can build a simple model chitin, a glucosamine polymer similar to cellulose and the main constituent of insect exoskeletons.

SKU: 68799W
Orbit sugar structures molecular model kit


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The glucose model kit is intended mainly for showing the various important sugars. However, chitin is composed of glucosamine which is only slightly different from cellulose. It is as important to insects as cellulose is to plants for maintaining structural integrity & is shown here for reference only.

The nitrogen atoms shown in the image have a planar geometry although some texts/on-line sources indicate a tetrahedral geometry. Use the planar carbons, nitrogens & single oxygens along with the double bond "X" pegs to build the amine group. The double bond itself uses a 20mm "wobbly"™ and 20mm thin bond.  You can also build similar models in the Miolymod hybrid style with our 62115 Glucose Molecule Structures Model Kit.

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68218CAtom, Orbit, O, red, 1 prong3
68230CAtom, Orbit, O, 110 degree, red100
68241CAtom, Orbit, C, planar: 120-120-120, black3
68242CAtom, Orbit, N, planar: 120-120-120, blue3
68244CAtom, Orbit, C, tetrahedral, black100
68267CAtom, Orbit, double/triple bond peg/insert6
68186-20Wobbly bond, 20mm, each225
68186-30Wobbly bond, 30mm, each250
68366Orbit bonds, opaque, 20mm, 15/bundle1

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