Special Issue "Role of Colloid and Surface Science in Decontaminating Ground and Groundwater Systems"
A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 October 2021).
Interests: colloids; surface science; environmental remediation; polymers; membrane science
Interests: ultrasonics; particle stabilised foams and emulsions; surfactant and polymer sol. structure and adsorption; suspension rheology and settling; flocculation and stability control; ion-exchange for effluents
Environmental contamination is an unfortunate consequence of many chemical industries, with ground and groundwater polluted by heavy metals, radionuclides, and oils released from effluent discharges. When released from a point source, most contaminants are mobile and if not contained or recovered, these pollutants can render vast areas of the environment unusable, while in some cases, their bioavailability can lead to bioaccumulation in humans to severely impact human health.
Current engineering strategies to either clean-up liquid effluents or remediate the environment post-release, while often crude, do provide some solutions to the problem. However, the levels of decontamination may be compromised by the complexity of the environment from which the pollutants are extracted, as well as the limitations from the processing equipment to remove the multitude of inorganic or organic contaminants that are often present. Adsorption capacity and removal kinetics by adsorbents, as well as their selectivity, are key performance parameters, which can be improved through the design of new materials and processes that rely on fundamentally understanding the nature of surface and interfacial interactions governing pollutant-environment behavior. Importantly, new nanotechnology-based solutions are also increasingly being investigated, due to their enhanced surface properties leading to high decontamination factors and tunable selectivities.
This Special Issue aims to capture the latest material and technological advancements that are capable of achieving high decontamination levels of ground and groundwater systems, through applications of colloid and surface science and related nanotechnologies. Additionally, it will be showcasing novel approaches to decontaminate environments via in situ methods.
Dr. David Harbottle
Dr. Timothy Hunter
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- Heavy metals
- Oil spill
- Ion exchange
- Decontamination methods
- Environmental remediation
- In situ remediation