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Fertilizer-releasing biocomposites based on chitosan and cellulose obtained by spray drying technique

Grant number: 17/03980-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Roselena Faez
Grantee:Lucas Luiz Messa
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Araras , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/08057-8 - Fertilizer-releasing biocomposites based on chitosan and cellulose obtained by spray drying technique, BE.EP.DD


The use of controlled release materials for macro and micronutrients is an efficient tool that contributes to the sustainability of agricultural practices. The increase of the fertilizer efficiency, reduction of soil toxicity and negative effects associated with overdose are some of the benefits provided by these materials. However, the release efficiency of the material and its degradation still requires studies. The main motivation of this project is the preparation of a polymeric biocomposite based on natural materials (chitosan and cellulose) added with macronutrients (K, P and N) and its application in the soil. The chitosan-cellulose microparticles will be prepared with spray-drying technique. The structural, thermal and morphological properties, as well as the swelling capacity and nutrient release in water will be evaluated. The release in soil will be evaluated with TDR technique that measure the ionic movement in a particular systems as soil. The spray dryer operating specifications will be determined based on the quality of the final product and the nutrient release properties. In addition, the objective is to understand the structure-properties relationship of biocomposite systems. It is important to highlight that the use of the TDR technique in the in situ monitoring of soil nutrient release is innovative in this area of materials applied to Agriculture and will provide quickly and accurately information on the release profile of material. The aim of the project is to obtain systems that may have applications in the controlled release of agro-nutrients and in the development of nutritional products for high-yield Agriculture. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa para Inovação FAPESP about the scholarships:
Researchers use cellulose to develop slow-release fertilizer and a self-fertilizing propagation pot 
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Scientific publications
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MESSA, LUCAS LUIZ; FAEZ, ROSELENA. Spray-dried chitosan/nanocellulose microparticles: synergistic effects for the sustained release of NPK fertilizer. Cellulose, v. 27, n. 17, p. 10077-10093, . (17/03980-7, 19/02535-5)
CHIAREGATO, CAMILA GRUBER; FRANCA, DEBORA; MESSA, LUCAS LUIZ; PEREIRA, TAMIRES DOS SANTOS; FAEZ, ROSELENA. review of advances over 20 years on polysaccharide-based polymers applied as enhanced efficiency fertilizer. Carbohydrate Polymers, v. 279, . (14/06566-9, 19/02793-4, 18/03235-2, 17/24595-4, 19/02535-5, 17/03980-7)
Academic Publications
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MESSA, Lucas Luiz. Development of enhanced efficiency fertilizers: use of biopolymers as matrices for nutrient release. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Zootecnica e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZE/BT) Pirassununga.

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