Recent advances in cellulose and chitosan based membranes for water purification: A concise review

Vijay Kumar Thakur*, Stefan Ioan Voicu

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Recently membrane technology has emerged as a new promising and pervasive technology due to its innate advantages over traditional technologies such as adsorption, distillation and extraction. In this article, some of the recent advances in developing polymeric composite membrane materials for water purification from natural polysaccharide based polymers namely cellulose derivatives and chitosan are concisely reviewed. The impact of human social, demographic and industrial evolution along with expansion through environment has significantly affected the quality of water by pollution with large quantities of pesticides, minerals, drugs or other residues. At the forefront of decontamination and purification techniques, we found the membrane materials from polymers as a potential alternative. In an attempt to reduce the number of technical polymers widely used in the preparation of membranes, many researchers have reported new solutions for desalination or retention of organic yeasts, based on bio renewable polymers like cellulose derivatives and chitosan. These realizations are presented and discussed in terms of the most important parameters of membrane separation especially water flux and retention in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-165
Number of pages18
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Early online date17 Mar 2016
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biobased polymers
  • Composite
  • Membranes
  • Salts rejection
  • Water purification


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