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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURALLY-DERIVED BIOPOLYMER COMPOSITES FOR NON-FOOD APPLICATIONS

Location: Bioproduct Chemistry and Engineering Research

Title: Characterization of Natural Polyelectrolytes and Their Application in Environmental Biotechnology

Authors
item Salazar, Ruby - UANL, MONTERREY, MEXICO
item Imam, Syed
item Morales, Lilia - UANL, MONTERREY, MEXICO
item Galan, Luis - UANL, MONTERREY, MEXICO
item Arevalo, Katiushka - UANL, MONTERREY, MEXICO

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 23, 2004
Publication Date: July 30, 2004
Citation: Salazar, R., Imam, S.H., Morales, L., Galan, L., Arevalo, K. 2004. Characterization of Natural Polyelectrolytes and their Application in Environmental Biotechnology, Polyelectrolytes, Gels and Complex Fluids. Proceedings of the 40th IIUPAC World Polymer Congress, July 4-9, Paris, France. 134.

Technical Abstract: The naturally charged cationic and anionic biopolymers were characterized and blended together to obtain polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC's). These gel-like complexes were found to be effective in removing the heavy metals and other solid contaminants from the waste water. The PEC's were further characterized and optimized for maximum efficiency. This work has implications in reducing the heavy metals and other contaminants from industrial waste water streams utilizing renewable polymers.

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