Chitosan as a natural polymer for heterogeneous catalysts support: A short review on its applications Article

cited authors

  • Lee, M; Chen, BY; Den, W

fiu authors

abstract

  • Chitosan, a bio-based polymer which has similar characteristics to those of cellulose, exhibits cationic behavior in acidic solutions and strong affinity for metals ions. Thus, it has received increased attention for the preparation of heterogeneous catalysts. Recent studies demonstrated that chitosan-based catalysts had high sorption capacities, chelating activities, stability and versatility, which could be potentially applied as green reactants in various scientific and engineering applications. This study intends to review the recent development of chitosan-based catalysts, particularly in the aspects of the main mechanisms for preparing the materials and their applications in environmental green chemistry. Studies on the preparation of catalyst nanoparticles/nanospheres supported on chitosan were also reviewed.

publication date

  • January 1, 2015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 1272

end page

  • 1283

volume

  • 5

issue

  • 4