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Custom Polysaccharide Derived Nanocatalysts

Custom Polysaccharide Derived Nanocatalysts

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The development of polymers as efficient starting materials for the production of various valuable catalysts is attracting the attention of both industrial and academic researchers. Among all polymers, natural polysaccharides such as cellulose, starch, alginate, gum, pectin, chitin and chitosan have unique structural characteristics, abundant availability, non-toxicity, easy modification, biocompatibility, Hence the attention.

Biopolymer-derived (nano)catalysts have been investigated as heterogeneous and novel catalysts with outstanding catalytic capabilities for chemical transformations. Alfa Chemistry Catalysts provides customized services for the production of nanocatalysts using polysaccharides as green resources.


  • Alfa Chemistry Catalysts provides custom synthesis services for nanocatalysts derived from natural polysaccharides such as cellulose, starch, alginate, gum, pectin, chitin and chitin/chitosan, including the whole process from design, synthesis to performance analysis.
  • We use a variety of sophisticated instruments to characterize the physical size, shape, surface structure, valence, chemical composition, electronic bandgap, bonding environment, light emission, absorption, scattering, and diffraction properties of nanomaterials. Our material engineers will provide systematic and detailed analysis reports for customized products based on customer needs and extensive experience.

Our Advantages

  • Professional and experienced material scientists
  • Advanced nanotechnology
  • Flexible custom route design
  • Outstanding process development, optimization and scale-up
  • Various types of polysaccharide-derived nanocatalysts are available
  • Fast and efficient service process

Research applications

  • Water treatment
  • Nanomaterial-decorated polysaccharide entities serve as novel and more efficient nanocatalysts for the elimination of a range of aqueous pollutants and pollutants, including ionic metals and organic/inorganic pollutants in wastewater. For example, by designing core/shell structures, the surface functionalities of natural polymers can be easily exploited for metal/metal oxide NPs. Antony, et al. developed a facile and novel method to anchor bimetallic AgNi NPs (20-25 nm) on Fe3O4@chitosan core/shell support (Fe3O4@CS_AgNi) as heterogeneously recyclable nanocatalysts to reduce p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol.

    Custom Polysaccharide Derived NanocatalystsFigure 1. Chitosan-based nanocatalysts catalyze the reduction of p-nitrophenol. [1]

  • Oxidation reaction
  • Alginates have attracted the attention of researchers due to their economical, environmentally friendly, high specific surface area, network structure, and abundant surface groups, which can form stable hydrogel beads and can be used as catalytic supports. For example, Hammouda and colleagues used alginate beads to make catalysts, ie. Calcium alginate (ABs), CaFe-alginate (Fe-ABs), and copper alginate (Cu-ABs) were subjected to a simple gelation process at 25 °C. Among them, Fe-ABs proved to be the best heterogeneous Fenton catalyst for H2O2 indole oxide. Isatin, oxindole, dioxindole and anthracenic acid are also produced as intermediates. Furthermore, aliphatic carboxylic acids are formed as final products. The catalysts used can be used for a variety of reactions without significantly reducing the catalytic activity.

    Custom Polysaccharide Derived NanocatalystsFigure 2. Digital photographs of alginate beads prepared in different physical states: (a) green beads without iron, (b) green beads with iron, and (c) dry beads with iron. [2]


  1. Rajendran Antony. (2019). "Bimetallic Nanoparticles Anchored on Core–Shell Support as an Easily Recoverable and Reusable Catalytic System for Efficient Nitroarene Reduction," ACS Omega 4(5): 9241-9250.
  2. S. Ben Hammouda. (2015). "Fenton oxidation of indole-3-acetic acid by iron alginate beads," Desalination and Water Treatment 57(15): 6761-6771.
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