Can absorbent polymers remove pesticides from the environment? A Data Mining study.


  • Izabel Marques Machado Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio de Janeiro, Nilópolis
  • Fernando Gomes de Souza Junior Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro



Pesticides, polymers, detection, absorption, Data Mining.


Pesticides are essential for improving agriculture, which is necessary for our life. Nowadays, with population growth, these chemistry products are more explored and improved to improve food production and keep people alive. However, the excessive use of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides can degrade the environment and cause health issues. For this reason, researchers look for ways to detect and remove pesticide residues from the environment. Moreover, they provide limits on the use of agrochemical products. Modern searches about polymers and their use in science show that they can be used for pesticide detection or remotion, which is more efficient than the latest. This paper shows the main issues covered in the articles on using polymers to detect agrochemical products from the environment. These analyses were made on the platforms Scopus and Web of Science. The results concluded that the principal search focus was on detecting high-hazard pesticides using polymers.

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 (, Chairman of the Fifth International Conference on Natural Polymers, Biopolymers and biomaterials: Applications from macro to nanoscale ( and Chaiman of the 1st Brazilian Conference on Design of Experiments and Data Analysis ( 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.


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