Microalgae-based biomaterials for environmental remediation and functional use

Wei Liu, Roger Ruan

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As one of the most abundant renewable resources in the world, microalgal biomass is widely used in fields such as medicine, food additives, bioenergy, and pollution control. In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to the use of microalgal biomass as a source of functional biomaterials. In this chapter, the general production processes, chemical and mechanical performance, and application methods of microalgae-derived biomaterials, instead of living microalgae cells, are systematically discussed. Microalgae-based biomaterials can be used as adsorbents for wastewater treatment, soil remediation, as well as bioplastics and electrode materials due to their cell composition and active groups. Further research should focus on additional theoretical study on the microalgae cell components, and further modification of microalgae composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlgae-Based Biomaterials for Sustainable Development
Subtitle of host publicationBiomedical, Environmental Remediation and Sustainability Assessment
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780323961424
ISBN (Print)9780323961431
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • Biomaterials
  • Bioplastic
  • Electrode material
  • Environmental remediation
  • Microalgae


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