Marine Gel Interactions with Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Pollutants. Academic Article uri icon


  • Microgels play critical roles in a variety of processes in the ocean, including element cycling, particle interactions, microbial ecology, food web dynamics, air-sea exchange, and pollutant distribution and transport. Exopolymeric substances (EPS) from various marine microbes are one of the major sources for marine microgels. Due to their amphiphilic nature, many types of pollutants, especially hydrophobic ones, have been found to preferentially associate with marine microgels. The interactions between pollutants and microgels can significantly impact the transport, sedimentation, distribution, and the ultimate fate of these pollutants in the ocean. This review on marine gels focuses on the discussion of the interactions between gel-forming EPS and pollutants, such as oil and other hydrophobic pollutants, nanoparticles, and metal ions.

published proceedings

  • Gels

author list (cited authors)

  • Santschi, P. H., Chin, W., Quigg, A., Xu, C., Kamalanathan, M., Lin, P., & Shiu, R.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Santschi, Peter H||Chin, Wei-Chun||Quigg, Antonietta||Xu, Chen||Kamalanathan, Manoj||Lin, Peng||Shiu, Ruei-Feng

publication date

  • January 2021


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