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A Short Review on the Valorization of Green Seaweeds and Ulvan: FEEDSTOCK for Chemicals and Biomaterials

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RO Membrane Division, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), G.B. Marg, Bhavnagar 364002, Gujarat, India
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Scientific and Technological Bioresource Nucleus (BIOREN), Universidad de La Frontera, Av. Francisco Salazar 01145, Temuco 4780000, Chile
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Division of Applied Phycology and Biotechnology, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), G.B. Marg, Bhavnagar 364002, Gujarat, India
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Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad 201002, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Chemistry, 7, Gagarina Street, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad de La Frontera, Av. Francisco Salazar 01145, Temuco 4780000, Chile
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Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CeBiB), Universidad de La Frontera, Av. Francisco Salazar 01145, Temuco 4780000, Chile
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Biomolecules 2020, 10(7), 991; https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10070991
Received: 5 June 2020 / Revised: 28 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Biological and Bio- Materials)
This short review analyzed the recent trend towards, progresses towards the preparation of chemicals of, and value-added biomaterials from marine macroalgae resources, especially green seaweeds and their derived ulvan polysaccharides for various applications. In recent years, ulvan both in pristine and modified forms has gained a large amount of attention for its effective utilization in various areas due to its unique physiochemical properties, lack of exploration, and higher green seaweed production. The pristine form of ulvan (sulfated polysaccharides) is used as a bio-component; food ingredient; or a raw material for the production of numerous chemicals such as fuels, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, whereas its modified form is used in the sector of composites, membranes, and scaffolds, among others, because of its physicochemical properties. This review highlights the utilization of green seaweed and its derived ulvan polysaccharides for the preparation of numerous chemicals (e.g., solvents, fuel, and gas) and also value-added biomaterials with various morphologies (e.g., gels, fibers, films, scaffolds, nanomaterials, and composites). View Full-Text
Keywords: green seaweed; ulvan; sulfated polysaccharides; chemicals; value-added biomaterials green seaweed; ulvan; sulfated polysaccharides; chemicals; value-added biomaterials
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Lakshmi, D.S.; Sankaranarayanan, S.; Gajaria, T.K.; Li, G.; Kujawski, W.; Kujawa, J.; Navia, R. A Short Review on the Valorization of Green Seaweeds and Ulvan: FEEDSTOCK for Chemicals and Biomaterials. Biomolecules 2020, 10, 991. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10070991

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Lakshmi DS, Sankaranarayanan S, Gajaria TK, Li G, Kujawski W, Kujawa J, Navia R. A Short Review on the Valorization of Green Seaweeds and Ulvan: FEEDSTOCK for Chemicals and Biomaterials. Biomolecules. 2020; 10(7):991. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10070991

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Lakshmi, D. S., Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, Tejal K. Gajaria, Guoqiang Li, Wojciech Kujawski, Joanna Kujawa, and Rodrigo Navia. 2020. "A Short Review on the Valorization of Green Seaweeds and Ulvan: FEEDSTOCK for Chemicals and Biomaterials" Biomolecules 10, no. 7: 991. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10070991

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