Chitosan-Based Natural Biosorbents: Novel Search for Water and Wastewater Desalination and Heavy Metal Detoxification

  • Ankita Dhillon
  • Dinesh KumarEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials book series (SSPCM)


Due to worldwide increasing population, the people may face increasing freshwater scarcity globally. Further, groundwater contamination by health hazardous toxicants like fluoride, arsenic, nitrate, phosphate, mercury, heavy metals, and many more is likewise increasing. Therefore, a number of low-cost and fast water and wastewater treatment methods are being utilized at the present time. A great amount of research has been accomplished to discover efficient water purification methods at lower cost as well as minimum utilization of chemicals and negligible impact on the environment. Hence utilization of chitosan-based natural biosorbents in water and wastewater treatment is a fast-emergent field of interest to environmental consultants and public interest groups. This chapter covers an assortment of chitosan-based natural biosorbents in the field of water remediation. Herein, we include the synthesis of new materials, modification of natural chitosan materials and their utilization for water purification.


Chitosan Detoxification Desalination Wastewater 



We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education, Government of India, under the scheme of Establishment of Centre of Excellence for Training and Research in Frontier Areas of Science and Technology (FAST), for providing the necessary financial support to carry out this study vide letter No, F. No. 5–5/201 4–TS.Vll.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryBanasthali UniversityTonkIndia
  2. 2.School of Chemical SciencesCentral University of GujaratGandhinagarIndia

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