In the past few decades, marine organisms, including macroalgae and microalgae, have been extensively explored as potential sources of bioactive compounds with applications in various fields such as pharmaceuticals, biomedicine, cosmetics and foodstuffs. Marine polysaccharides, such as chitin/chitosan, ulvans, fucans, alginates and carrageenans, are biochemical compounds with several important properties such as anticoagulant and/or antithrombotic, immunomodulatory, antitumor, antilipidemic, hypoglycemic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Due to their biocompatible, nontoxic and biodegradable nature, marine polysaccharides offer a better alternative to be used in advancement of the biomedical field. This book focuses on marine polysaccharides; their derivatives, blends, composites and hydrogels; and their multifaceted applications in various fields. The book also discusses the various aspects of marine polysaccharides from the point of view of chemistry and related applications. It is an important reference for marine biotechnologists, natural product scientists, students, researchers and academicians working in the area of materials science, marine science and polymer chemistry.
Table of Contents
Marine Polysaccharides: An Overview. Marine Microbial Polysaccharides: Promising Immunomodulatory and Anticancer Potential. Carrageenans a Versatile Polysaccharide: Structure, Properties and Applications. Chitosan – a versatile biomaterial for 21st century. Chitosan and its biomedical applications. Chitosan Nanoparticles: A Marine Polysaccharide For Biomedical Research. Properties and Applications of Chitosan Based Nanocomposites. Chitosan As A Flocculant In Algae Harvesting. Recent advances of alginate biomaterials in tissue engineering. Exploration Of Ulvan Polysaccharides For Its Supplementary And Medicinal Properties. Neutraceutical Efficiency Of Fucan Polysaccharides From Marine Sources.
Shakeel Ahmed is assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, Government Degree College Mendhar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. He obtained his PhD in biopolymers and bionanocomposites. He has worked as national postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and as research fellow at the Bio/Polymers Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has published several research papers on green nanomaterials and biopolymers, including biomedical applications, packaging, sensors and water treatment. He has also written a few books on natural materials (biopolymers and biocomposites) and nanomaterials. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, USA; associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK; and life member of the Asian Polymer Association and Society of Materials Chemistry, India, and an active reviewer of many reputed journals. His research areas of interest include biopolymeric and green nanomaterials.
Aisverya Soundararajan received her PhD from Thiruvalluvar University Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. She works as assistant professor at Auxilium College, Vellore, affiliated to Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore. Her research areas of interest are polymer chemistry, nanotechnology and polymeric biomedical applications. She has published research papers in several peer-reviewed international journals and book chapters in books of international repute.