Applications of Biochar in Environmental Remediation: Insights and Innovations

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomass Catalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 109

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School of Ocean Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Panjin 124221, China
Interests: biodegradation of environmental pollutants; advanced oxidation-microbial processes; advanced oxidation sterilization mechanism, wastewater treatment and resource utilization; marine microbial ecology

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Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering, Ministry of Education, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Interests: new principles and technologies of microorganisms producing methane from anaerobic digestion of organic waste; construction and enhancement of artificial multi-cell system for efficient conversion of inferior biomass to methane; intracellular/extracellular electron transfer enhancement mechanism of methanogenic archaea and methanotrophic archaea

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming Special Issue titled “Applications of Biochar in Environmental Remediation: Insights and Innovations” in the esteemed journal, Catalysts. This Special Issue aims to showcase the latest advancements in, innovative approaches to, and practical applications of biochar in the field of environmental remediation.

Biochar, a carbon-rich material produced through the pyrolysis of biomass, has gained significant attention in recent years for its potential to address various environmental challenges. Its unique properties, such as a high surface area, porosity, and functional groups, make it an effective adsorbent for pollutants and a promising agent for soil and water remediation.

We invite contributions that explore the multifaceted role of biochar in environmental remediation, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Advancements in Biochar Production: Studies focusing on innovative techniques for biochar production, the optimization of pyrolysis conditions, and the development of novel feedstocks.
  • Mechanisms of Pollutant Removal: Research elucidating the mechanisms by which biochar adsorbs or transforms pollutants in soil, water, and air, including heavy metals, organic contaminants, and greenhouse gases.
  • Biochar-Enhanced Soil Remediation: Investigations into applications of biochar for soil amendment, its impact on soil health and fertility, and its role in mitigating soil pollution.
  • Water and Solid Treatment Solutions: Studies on the use of biochar in water and solid treatment processes, including the removal of contaminants, improvement of water quality, and enhancement of anaerobic digestion, as well as its integration into existing treatment systems.
  • Innovative Applications and Technologies: Papers that explore novel applications of biochar in environmental remediation, such as its use in constructed wetlands or biofiltration systems, or as a component in sustainable agricultural practices.

We welcome original research articles and short communications that contribute to the understanding and advancement of biochar applications in environmental remediation. Submissions should highlight the innovative aspects of the research, potential practical implications, and directions for future study.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to advancing our knowledge on applications of biochar in environmental remediation.

Dr. Hao Zhou
Prof. Dr. Zhiqiang Zhao
Guest Editors

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  • biochar
  • environmental remediation
  • pollutant adsorption
  • anaerobic digestion
  • water treatment
  • pyrolysis
  • advanced oxidation

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