Biowaste‐derived substances isolated from green compost (BBS‐GC) are environmentally friendly reactants similar to humic substances, which contain multiple functionalities, that are suitable for adsorbing different kinds of pollutants in wastewater. Herein, sodium alginate (derived from brown algae) cross‐linked with both Ca2+ ions and BBS‐GC in the form of hydrogels and dried films are proposed as green, easy‐to‐form, and handleable materials for tertiary water treatments. The results show that both hydrogels and films are mechanically stable and can effectively remove differently charged dyes through an adsorption mechanism that can be described by the Freundlich model. BBS‐GC‐containing gels always performed better than samples prepared without BBS‐GC, revealing that such unconventional materials can integrate waste valorization and water decontamination, potentially providing social and environmental benefits.

Waste Cleaning Waste: Combining Alginate with Biowaste-Derived Substances in Hydrogels and Films for Water Cleanup

Maria Laura Tummino
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Chiara Riedo;Debora Fabbri;GIuliana Magnacca
2021

Abstract

Biowaste‐derived substances isolated from green compost (BBS‐GC) are environmentally friendly reactants similar to humic substances, which contain multiple functionalities, that are suitable for adsorbing different kinds of pollutants in wastewater. Herein, sodium alginate (derived from brown algae) cross‐linked with both Ca2+ ions and BBS‐GC in the form of hydrogels and dried films are proposed as green, easy‐to‐form, and handleable materials for tertiary water treatments. The results show that both hydrogels and films are mechanically stable and can effectively remove differently charged dyes through an adsorption mechanism that can be described by the Freundlich model. BBS‐GC‐containing gels always performed better than samples prepared without BBS‐GC, revealing that such unconventional materials can integrate waste valorization and water decontamination, potentially providing social and environmental benefits.
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