Francesca M. Kerton and Ning Yan (Eds): Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials from the Oceans and Aquatic Sources

Francesca M. Kerton and Ning Yan (Eds): Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials from the Oceans and... Chromatographia (2017) 80:1485 DOI 10.1007/s10337-017-3373-4 BOOK REVIEW Francesca M. Kerton and Ning Yan (Eds): Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials from the Oceans and Aquatic Sources Edward R. Adlard   © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 annum, and since currently this is of low value, it can end Bibliography up being dumped and end up as a source of environmental pollution. Chitin is a valuable component of shellfish, but its recovery involves treatment with environmentally unaccep- table chemicals. Improved schemes for the isolation of valu- able materials are given. The next three chapters describe the isolation of a variety of products from seaweeds, but this book has shattered my youthful belief that elemental iodine was commercially obtained from seaweed. Chapter 2 describes the land-based controlled cultivation of seaweeds to produce biomass which facilitates the fixation of C0 and yields sources of chemicals and fuels. This theme is contin- ued in Chapters 3–5. Chapters 6 and 7 revert to the topics of the first chapter on the production of chitin and its deriva- This multi-author book contains contributions from workers tives from crustacean processing. in Canada, India, Japan, Portugal, Singapore, China, and Chapter 8 is co-authored by one of the editors and con- the USA—a truly international collection. The one thing cerns the utilization of shells which result from the commer- that most of them have in common is that they are based cial production of mussels. The final chapter is something of close to some of the world’s great oceans. The oceans make a departure from the rest of the book, since it describes the up 71% of the world’s surface area and they represent a production of fuels and their properties from fish oil. These source of valuable materials (in addition to fish for food). oils currently represent a useful source, although like all bio- Until reading this book, I would never have considered the oils, they are never going to replace crude oil if for no other number of useful compounds that can be isolated from such reason that there just is not enough of them. unpromising sources as mollusc shells and fish processing This is an interesting and stimulating book which by-products. The topics dealt with cover a range of disparate describes the ongoing work in many parts of the world to subjects, but the title of the book is completely accurate, so make the best use of natural resources, some of which may at least potential purchasers should be aware of the likely be currently regarded as waste. contents. The first chapter is an overview by the two editors on aquatic sources of chemicals and materials. The authors state that 6–8 million tons of waste from shellfish is produced per * Edward R. Adlard South Wirral, UK Vol.:(0123456789) 1 3 Chromatographia Springer Journals

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