Up-and-coming oil-sorbing green fibers: A text mining study





Lignocellulosic fibers, Oil spill, Sorbent fibers, Data mining, Experimental design, Data analysis, Green fibers, Oil spill clean up


Oil is a crucial raw material, preferably transported by sea. Thus, spills frequently take place in the ocean. Several alternatives have already been investigated to combat these disasters. This paper discusses the possibility of using lignocellulosic fibers for environmental recovery via the sorption of oil spilled in accidents. The data search was performed using Google Scholar. The obtained results allowed the choice of four fibers: coconut, sisal, peat, and kapok. The retrieved reference numbers were 8.360, 6.360, 6.360, and 2.380 for coconut, sisal, peat, and kapok fibers. There was no period restriction. Ten papers with significant results were chosen, and their main results are presented here. All fibers are renewable, besides presenting low cost and excellent sorption capability compared to polypropylene (commercial material) equal to 6 to 10 g/g of oil per gram of the sorber.

Author Biography

Fernando Gomes de Souza Junior, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Associate (III) Prof. Fernando Gomes: Expertise focused in the use of renewable resources and nanocomposites in sensors, drug delivery and environmental recovery. Coordination of more than ten research projects with financial support from Brazilian government sponsoring agencies. Published 160 scientific articles plus 13 accepted for publication during 2021. Published 8 books. Among them,3 chemistry books in Portuguese and 3 books about Biopolymers in English. He has published more than two hundred papers in Conferences and Scientific meetings. Co-convener of the Sixth International Conference on Natural Polymers, Biopolymers and biomaterials: Applications from macro to nanoscale (http://www.biopolymers.macromol.in/), Chairman of the Fifth International Conference on Natural Polymers, Biopolymers and biomaterials: Applications from macro to nanoscale (https://www.icnp2017rio.com/) and Chaiman of the 1st Brazilian Conference on Design of Experiments and Data Analysis (https://sites.google.com/pent.coppe.ufrj.br/conbrapa2020). Supervisor of 128 undergraduate students; 29 M.Sc. students, 14 Ph.D. students and 6 Post Doc. Nowadays I am the supervisor of 11 undergraduate students; 7 M.Sc. students, 10 Ph.D. students and 3 Post Doc. Associate Editor of the MedCrave Online Journal (MOJ) Polymer Science (ISSN: 2574-9773) since 2017. Editor of the Academic Journal of Polymer Science (ISSN: 2641-8282), since 2018. Member of the Editorial Board of Composite Interfaces (ISSN: 0927-6440), since 2021. Member of the editorial board of Current Applied Polymer Science (ISSN 2452-2716) since 2016 and Editor-in-Chief of Current Applied Polymer Science (ISSN 2452-2716) since 2020. Professor Gomes has founded the Brazilian Journal of Experimental Design, Data Analysis and Inferential Statistics in 2021, acting as its 1st Editor-in-Chief. Awardedtwice as Young Scientist of Rio de Janeiro State (FAPERJ 2011 and 2014), Chair Professorship on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - Mahatma Gandhi University – India (2018), member of Post Graduate Program in Science and Technology of Polymers of the Macromolecules Institute / Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) since 2008, member of Post Graduate Program in Civil Engineering (COPPE/UFRJ) between 2015-2019 and member of Post Graduate Program in Nanotechnology (COPPE/UFRJ) since 2019.