MELAT CHERIM, RODICA SIRBU, ANETA TOMESCU, MARIUS FLORENTIN POPA, EMIN CADAR COMPARATIVE STUDIES ON THE PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF BIO-MATERIALS WITH COLLAGEN FROM CALF AND FISH SKINS FROM BLACK SEA Collagen hydrolysers are three-dimensional polymeric materials with limited cross-linking and high hydrophilicity, having multiple medical applications. The most used collagen is the one extracted from bovine skin, which is now the industrial source of collagen. Due to the outbreak of some threatening diseases such as BSE, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, foot-and-mouth disease, researchers have sought a safer alternative to collagen. This was the marine resource, which offered multiple opportunities to capitalize on clean sea-water raw material. This paper presents a comparative study of the physico-chemical properties of collagen hydrogels derived from collagen obtained from calf and skin from the Black Sea. Physico-chemical and spectrophotometric analyzes were performed to determine the structure. Studies have been conducted to analyze rheological behavior, antioxidant activity and antimicrobial activity. The total antioxidant capacity (ACL) is higher for collagen mixtures with 40% ethyl alcohol and shows higher values for fish collagen compared to calf collagen. Antimicrobial analysis shows that all collagen hydrogels show antimicrobial activity, both gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538P) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli ATCC 10536), which increases with increasing collagen concentrations.