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  • J Environ Anal Toxicol 2012, Vol 2(7)
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-0525.S2-001

Hydrogels for Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solution

Qiang Chen1, Lin Zhu1, Chao Zhao2 and Jie Zheng2*
1School of Material Science and Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, Henan, 454003, China
2Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325, USA
*Corresponding Author : Jie Zheng, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 44325, USA, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jun 08, 2012 / Accepted Date: Jun 21, 2012 / Published Date: Jun 23, 2012

Abstract

Significant needs and efforts have been made in the development of novel hydrogels for early detecting and effectively removing heavy metal ions from environments. In this review, three types of hydrogels used for removal of heavy metal ions and associated ion capture-release mechanisms are discussed. Well-defined three-dimensional porous structures, coupled with highly hydrated and versatile chemical groups, are the keys to developing effective hydrogels for removal of toxic heavy ions. Biomolecule-conjugated hydrogels and stimuli-responsive hydrogels are the promising next generation materials for detection and removal of toxic heavy metal ions due to their selectively binding metal ions in a controlled manner.

Keywords: Hydrogels; Heavy metal ions

Citation: Chen Q, Zhu L, Zhao C, Zheng J (2012) Hydrogels for Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solution. J Environ Anal Toxicol S2: 001. Doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.S2-001

Copyright: © 2012 Chen Q, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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