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Special Issue "Marine Compounds Used in Biosorption"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Armando C. Duarte

Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: marine compounds, fit-for-purpose methods, biosorption, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry
Guest Editor
Dr. Teresa A. P. Rocha-Santos

Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: biosensors; field effect transistors; carbon nanotubes and graphene; electrochemical (bio)sensors; antibody; marine environmental sensing; environmental sensing; analytical techniques fit for purpose

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A wide diversity of marine organisms can be found in the oceans and seas that cover around 70% of the world surface. These marine organisms can be a source of a plethora of extracts and compounds that show biological activity, such as biosorption. Biosorption is governed by a multitude of physico-chemical processes, based on mechanisms that include absorption, adsorption, ion exchange, surface complexation, and precipitation. Moreover, biosorption of environmental pollutants by marine derived compounds can be the basis for cost-effective, sustainable, and eco-friendly methods for reducing the impact of industrial and other anthropogenic activities, thus contributing to improvements in strategies for control of environmental quality. Furthermore, these compounds can be used in other applications, such as for drug delivery systems, advanced delivery systems compatible with agriculture usage, among others.

As Guest Editors of this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, we will invite researchers to provide their recent advances (review articles included) on the various aspects of marine compounds and extracts in biosorption.

Prof. Armando C. Duarte
Dr. Teresa A. P. Rocha Santos
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

• Marine compounds
• Marine extracts
• Biosorption
• Environmental protection
• Chemical characterization
• Sustainable development
• Blue economy

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Algal Foams Applied in Fixed-Bed Process for Lead(II) Removal Using Recirculation or One-Pass Modes
Mar. Drugs 2017, 15(10), 315; doi:10.3390/md15100315
Received: 24 August 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 17 October 2017
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Abstract
The incorporation of brown algae into biopolymer beads or foams for metal sorption has been previously reported. However, the direct use of these biomasses for preparing foams is a new approach. In this study, two kinds of porous foams were prepared by ionotropic
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The incorporation of brown algae into biopolymer beads or foams for metal sorption has been previously reported. However, the direct use of these biomasses for preparing foams is a new approach. In this study, two kinds of porous foams were prepared by ionotropic gelation using algal biomass (AB, Laminaria digitata) or alginate (as the reference) and applied for Pb(II) sorption. These foams (manufactured as macroporous discs) were packed in filtration holders (simulating fixed-bed column) and the system was operated in either a recirculation or a one-pass mode. Sorption isotherms, uptake kinetics and sorbent reuse were studied in the recirculation mode (analogous to batch system). In the one-pass mode (continuous fixed-bed system), the influence of parameters such as flow rate, feed metal concentration and bed height were investigated on both sorption and desorption. In addition, the effect of Cu(II) on Pb(II) recovery from binary solutions was also studied in terms of both sorption and desorption. Sorption isotherms are well fitted by the Langmuir equation while the pseudo-second order rate equation described well both sorption and desorption kinetic profiles. The study of material regeneration confirms that the reuse of the foams was feasible with a small mass loss, even after 9 cycles. In the one-pass mode, for alginate foams, a slower flow rate led to a smaller saturation volume, while the effect of flow rate was less marked for AB foams. Competitive study suggests that the foams have a preference for Pb(II) over Cu(II) but cannot selectively remove Pb(II) from the binary solution. Full article
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