Special Issue "Sorption Materials for Environment Purification"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017)
Dr. Eric Guibal
Ecole des mines d'Alès, Centre des Matériaux des Mines d'Alès (C2MA), 6, avenue de Clavières, 30319 Alès cedex, France
Phone: +33 (0)466782734
Interests: biopolymers; wastewater treatment; metal ion interactions with biopolymers; biopolymer conditioning; supported catalysis; encapsulation processes; ionic liquids
The standards and policies at an international level are becoming more and more stringent to preserve water resources and improve the quality of water for use in agriculture, drinking water and industry. Water treatment is therefore a challenging issue for industry and domestic applications. Pollutants such as metal ions, organic contaminants (endocrine disruptors, dyes, etc.) may strongly affect aquatic fauna and flora and may exert a cumulative effect in the food chain with a harmful impact on animal and human health.
Several processes may be used for wastewater decontamination: coagulation–flocculation, precipitation, etc. However, sorption processes are especially adapted to the treatment of low-concentration effluents (as the primary treatment or as a polishing step). Recent decades have seen not only the amazing development of new sophisticated materials (ion-exchange and chelating resins, imprinted polymers, extractant-impregnated polymers, composite sorbents, magnetic nano-based particles) but also the use of natural resources (biomass, biopolymers, waste materials from agriculture, etc.) for designing new wastewater treatments.
The design of these materials may take into account processing criteria (hydrodynamic constraints, solid/liquid separation properties), resource availability (cost and stock), performance (sorption capacities, mass transfer properties, selectivity criteria), recycling of materials (desorption/elution, re-use, life cycle) and valorization (recovery of valuable metals, for example). All these criteria may influence the conditioning of the sorbents (shaping, porosity, structure), their field of application (cost efficiency adjusted to flow rates), and the combination of different materials for achieving efficient and competitive wastewater treatment (in agreement with local discharge levels or regulations).
This fascinating research area is at the cross-point of chemical engineering and material sciences and the combination/collaboration of different actors is the key to successful design of new materials and new applications.
The interactions of sorbents with target molecules may also be used for designing new materials, for example the immobilization of metal ions onto sorbents has been used for manufacturing sensors, supported catalysts, etc.
It is my great pleasure to invite you to contribute a manuscript to this Special Issue. Your contribution could consist of full papers, communications or reviews. Thank you in advance for enriching our knowledge for the development of new sorbents and sorption processes.
Dr. Eric Guibal
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- Sorbents and biosorbents
- Ion-exchange and chelating resins
- Impregnated resins
- Imprinted polymers
- Magnetic sorbents
- Composite sorbents
- Nano-sized sorbents
- Wastewater treatment
- Metal ions
- Organic contaminants