Special Issue "Research Progress on the Interaction of Metal Ions with Colloids and Surfaces"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Aspects in Colloid and Interface Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2021.

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Prof. Dr. Ioannis Pashalidis
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Environmental & Radioanalytical Chemistry Lab, Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: (radio)toxic inorganic species; bioactive chelating ligands; natural organic matter; metal oxides; mineral surfaces; lanthanides; actinides; humic acids; biomass by-products; pollutant monitoring on ground and sea waters; water purification; plant fibres
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Dr. Ioannis Anastopoulos
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Department of Electronics Engineering, School of Engineering, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Chania 73100 Crete, Greece
Interests: soil chemistry; soil fertility; soil pollution; wastewater treatment; water pollution; adsorption; heavy metals; dyes; pharmaceuticals; climate change; composting
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Dear Colleagues,

Investigations on the interaction of metal ions and other chemical compounds with colloids and surfaces are of particular interest and fundamental in order to understand and describe their chemical behavior and migration in the geosphere, and to develop efficient adsorption-based methods for the removal and recovery of precious and industrial metals from process and waste waters. The mobility and retardation of metals and other compounds in the geosphere strongly depends on the stability of their colloid and mineral surface complexes, respectively. On the other hand, the adsorption of metals and other pollutants by adsorbent materials including metal oxides, minerals, nano and composite materials, MOFs, biomasses, and carbon/biochar has attracted the attention of the research community for the development of efficient adsorbent systems in order to cover the steadily increasing demand for metals used in energy and environmental applications, and to design cost-effective water treatment procedures.

Although the number of publications related to the interaction of metal ions and other chemical compounds with colloids and surfaces has exponentially increased in the last several decades, there is still room for further investigations regarding secondary surface reactions (e.g., redox reactions, decomposition, surface polymerization, and precipitation) and speciation that occur at the solid–liquid interphase, the application of theoretical models to better describe (where possible at the molecular level) the surface chemistry, the development of adsorbents with enhanced capacity and selectivity towards specific species, and the preparation of low-cost and efficient adsorbents in “real” systems.

In this context, the Special Issue ‘‘Research Progress on the Interaction of Metal Ions and other Chemical Compounds with Colloids and Surfaces’’ invites reviews and/or research articles on novel studies related to the adsorption of metals/metalloids and other chemical substances (e.g., dyes, pesticides, pharmaceutical compounds, etc.) by colloids, minerals, nanomaterials and composites, carbon-based, and biochar materials, including their preparation and characterization.

Prof. Ioannis Pashalidis
Dr. Ioannis Anastopoulos
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Keywords

  • colloids
  • surfaces
  • adsorbents
  • chemical compounds
  • metals/metalloids
  • recovery
  • speciation
  • adsorption modeling

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Recovery of Pd(II) from Aqueous Solution by Polyethylenimine-Crosslinked Chitin Biosorbent
Coatings 2021, 11(5), 593; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11050593 - 18 May 2021
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This study reports the recovery of Pd(II) from acid solution by a polyethylenimine (PEI)-crosslinked chitin (PEI-chitin) biosorbent. FE-SEM analysis demonstrated that there are many slot-like pores on PEI-chitin. The N2 adsorption–desorption experiment revealed that the average pore size was 47.12 nm. Elemental [...] Read more.
This study reports the recovery of Pd(II) from acid solution by a polyethylenimine (PEI)-crosslinked chitin (PEI-chitin) biosorbent. FE-SEM analysis demonstrated that there are many slot-like pores on PEI-chitin. The N2 adsorption–desorption experiment revealed that the average pore size was 47.12 nm. Elemental analysis verified the successful crosslinking of PEI with raw chitin. The Langmuir model better explained the isotherm experimental data and the theoretical maximum Pd(II) uptake was 57.1 mg/g. The adsorption kinetic data were better described by the pseudo-second-order model and the adsorption equilibrium was achieved within 30 min for all initial Pd(II) concentrations of 50–200 mg/L. In the fixed-bed column, the adsorption of Pd(II) on PEI-chitin showed a slow breakthrough and a fast saturation performance. The desorption experiments achieved a concentration factor of 8.4 ± 0.4; in addition, the adsorption–desorption cycles in the fixed-bed column were performed up to three times, consequently confirming the good reusability of PEI-chitin for Pd(II) recovery. Therefore, the PEI-chitin can be used as a promising biosorbent for the recovery of Pd(II) in practical applications. Full article
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Comparison of Heavy Metals Removal from Aqueous Solution by Moringa oleifera Leaves and Seeds
Coatings 2021, 11(5), 508; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11050508 - 25 Apr 2021
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In this work, biomass obtained from seeds (S-MO) and leaves (L-MO) of the Moringa oleifera plant were used as low-cost biosorbents to remove the Pb(II), Cd(II), Co(II), and Ni(II) from aqueous solutions. The biosorption of the heavy metal ions was done using the [...] Read more.
In this work, biomass obtained from seeds (S-MO) and leaves (L-MO) of the Moringa oleifera plant were used as low-cost biosorbents to remove the Pb(II), Cd(II), Co(II), and Ni(II) from aqueous solutions. The biosorption of the heavy metal ions was done using the batch technique. The effects of contact time (30–1440 min), biosorbent dosage (10–50 g/L) (0.1–0.5 g), and initial concentration of metals (10–500 mg/L) on the sorption capacity of metal ions were investigated. The S-MO and L-MO samples’ characterization was performed using pHpzc, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). It was found that the pHpzc was notably different between the seeds and leave-derived biosorbents. The removal process’s experimental kinetic data for both S-MO and L-MO were best described by the pseudo-second-order model for all metal ions, with R2 above 0.997 in all cases. Langmuir and Freundlich’s models were also used to analyze the isotherms parameters. Based on the Langmuir model, the maximum sorption capacities (Qm) for L-MO were found as follows: L-MO-Pb > L-MO-Cd > L-MO-Co ≥ L-MO-Ni, and for S-MO, the values of Qm values presented the following order: S-MO-Pb > S-MO-Co > S-MO-Cd > S-MO-Ni. Full article
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1. Recovery of Pd(II) from aqueous solution by chitin-based biosorbent. Sung Wook Won et. al.
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