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Title: Synthesis of hydrogel beads for disaster relief applications
Authors: Chew, Chia Eng.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Materials::Ecomaterials
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: In regions that are disaster ridden, the distribution of potable water has always been an issue due to the lack of accessibility, technical support and electrical power. A water purification method that is easy-to-use, portable and able to be distributed to the public with minimal response time and logistics would be an economical and practical solution in times of a disaster. Hydrogel beads present a possible way to provide pathogen-free water to disaster victims rapidly. This research focuses on the synthesis of hydrogel beads that would be suitable for disaster relief applications. Alginate was employed as a key material due to its unique properties that include good biocompatibility, non-toxicity, biodegradability as well as the capability to undergo gelation in aqueous solution at room temperature.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:MSE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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