Functional Polymeric Adsorbents II

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2024) | Viewed by 247

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Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Uppsala University, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: functional materials; biopolymers valorization; biorefinery; surfaces and interfaces; adsorption; water treatment
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Dear Colleagues,

Due to chemical contamination, water pollution remains a serious environmental and public problem. Drainage of toxic metals and organic compounds to the surface waters poses a threat to the aquatic environment, with such effects as acute and chronic toxicity in aquatic organisms, accumulation of pollutants in the ecosystem, and loss of habitats and biodiversity. As a matter of priority, causes of pollution should be identified and emissions of pollutants should be dealt with at source, in the most economically and environmentally effective manner (Directive 2013/39/EU as regards priority substances in the field of water policy). Organic compounds such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, surfactants, pesticides, and synthetic dyes along with heavy metal ions are often found in the industrial and domestic waste waters as a result of their wide uses. They are common contaminants in wastewaters, and many of them are known to be toxic or carcinogenic.

Adsorption is one of the most attractive methods for the extraction of molecules or ions from aqueous solutions, as it can be conducted in mild conditions. In order to create both an efficient and sustainable process, the decisive aspect is the type of sorbent material. In this light, biomacromolecules, biobased and biodegradable polymers are promising materials for the synthesis of functional adsorbents due to their unique physicochemical properties, specific functionality, abundance, and low cost. Therefore, this Special Issue is focused on the development of functional adsorbents for water purification. Original research papers and reviews addressing the synthesis, characterization, and investigation of the influence of biomacromolecules’ originality and nature on the properties of functional materials as perspective adsorbents for water treatment are invited for submission.

Dr. Tetyana Budnyak
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  • biomacromolecules
  • biomass valorization
  • biopolymers-based adsorbents
  • hybrid composites
  • adsorption
  • organic pollutants
  • inorganic pollutants
  • water treatment

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