Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/23/2004
Publication Date: 7/30/2004
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. Interpretive Summary:
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.