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Polymers 2017, 9(12), 721; doi:10.3390/polym9120721

Exploiting Microbial Polysaccharides for Biosorption of Trace Elements in Aqueous Environments—Scope for Expansion via Nanomaterial Intervention

Department of Environmental Health Science, Konkuk University, Seoul 143-701, Korea
Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
Department of Bioresources and Food Science, Konkuk University, 1, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701, Korea
Co-first authors, both authors contribute equally.
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Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 16 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polysaccharides)
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With pollution sounding high alarms all around us, there is an immediate necessity for remediation. In most cases, the remediation measures require further remediation—the anti-pollutants themselves cause pollution. In this correspondence, the search deepens towards natural biogenic components that can be used for bioremediation. Polysaccharide and biosorption have been themes in discussion for quite some time, where a slow decline in the enthusiasm in this area has been observed. This review revisits the importance of using polysaccharide based materials for biosorption. The need for polysaccharide-based nanocomposites, which hold better promise for greater deliverables, is emphasized as a means of rejuvenating the future perspectives in this area of application. View Full-Text
Keywords: biosorption; biogenic polysaccharide; heavy metal; aqueous environments biosorption; biogenic polysaccharide; heavy metal; aqueous environments

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Muthu, M.; Wu, H.-F.; Gopal, J.; Sivanesan, I.; Chun, S. Exploiting Microbial Polysaccharides for Biosorption of Trace Elements in Aqueous Environments—Scope for Expansion via Nanomaterial Intervention. Polymers 2017, 9, 721.

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