Guar gum and its composites as potential materials for diverse applications: A review

Gaurav Sharma*, Shweta Sharma, Amit Kumar, Ala'a H. Al-Muhtaseb, Mu Naushad, Ayman A. Ghfar, Genene Tessema Mola, Florian J. Stadler

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Naturally occurring polymers are currently of prime importance among which polysaccharides occupies superior position due to their easy availability, eco- friendly and non-toxic nature. Guar gum, one of the naturally occurring polymer, is a galactomannan acquired by ground endosperm of Cyamopsis tetragonolobus or Cyamopsis psoraloides. It belongs to the family leguminosae. Presence of large number of hydroxyl groups increases its H- bonding ability when dissolved in water that enhance the viscosity and gelling properties of the guar gum solution. Based upon these properties, guar gum is used in several industries such as textile, food, petrochemical, mining and paper for varied applications. It is used as suspending, emulsifying, gelling and stabilising agent in the conventional dosage forms. Last few decades have marked the increase in development of various composites of guar gum that have intrinsic utilization in various fields. Immobilization of guar gum with the others not only enhances its properties but also enriches its utilization in numerous fields for diverse applications such as water purification, drug delivery, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries, etc. Guar gum derivatives are found to have therapeutic importance in certain physiological disorders also. In this review article, we have summarized various possible composites of guar gum and their most probable applications in different fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-545
Number of pages12
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018


  • Guar gum
  • Hydrogel
  • Nanocomposite
  • Non- toxic
  • Polysaccharide
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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