Special Issue "Polysaccharides: From Extraction to Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.
Interests: organic synthesis; chromatography; materials; agriculture; material characterization; polymers; nanomaterials; polymeric materials; proteins; synthesis
Interests: organic synthesis; nanoparticle synthesis; synthesis; composites; materials chemistry; language; nanomaterials synthesis; nanoparticles; nanomaterials; material characterization
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Interests: new ways of using starch and cereal in environmental engineering processes (collectors of heavy metal ions, soil stabilizers, drilling muds, biofuels); catalytic properties of ceramic materials containing Li ions and metal transition ions in the process of thermal decomposition of botanical origin systems
The increasing cost of petroleum and the prospect of a shortage of its natural deposits imply the necessity of searching for alternative sources of energy and industrial raw materials. Polysaccharides are a commonly available, cheap, sustainable and renewable group of organic compounds. They are considered as attractive raw materials, providing access to several novel biodegradable materials that are attractive for chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. There is more interest than ever when it comes to natural polysaccharides and spreading the fields of their potential applications.
Due to their chemical structure, polysaccharides can be readily modified via physical, physicochemical, chemical and enzymatic methods. Numerous studies have confirmed the bioactivity of polysaccharides, providing their applications in clinical practice, nutrition and dietetics. Depending on their origin, polysaccharides exhibit antioxidative, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antiviral (among others, HIV), antimutagenic, cancerostatic and anticlotting properties.
Polysaccharides offer a wide range of key parameters essential for their practical use, for instance, low, medium and high molecular weights, variable polydispersity, forming linear and branched macrostructures, monofunctionality (compounds bearing solely hydroxyl groups) and polyfunctionality (compounds with hydroxyl, carboxylic and/or amino groups), high degrees of chirality, either low or high aqueous solubility, and low, if any, toxicity and immunogenicity. For these properties, polysaccharides found a wide application in nanotechnology.
Modified polysaccharides are manufactured to satisfy the demands of an industry of various branches; first of all, the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, pulp, textile, metallurgical and drilling industries. Among commercially available natural polysaccharides, starch, cellulose and pectins are the most common, but there is a wide area of potential applications waiting for easy access to other polysaccharides, such as carrageenans, xanthan gum, alginates, hyaluronan, chitosan, furcellaran, and so on. Considerable attention is being paid to eliminating traditional processes of manufacturing and using natural polysaccharides, in favor of modern solutions satisfying ecology and consumer demands.
This Special Issue aims to promote novel polysaccharide-based materials, including their synthesis, characterization, and potential applications.
Prof. Dr. Gohar Khachatryan
Prof. Dr. Karen Khachatryan
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Ciesielski
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