Special Issue "Crystal Growth in Environmental Protection, Remediation, and Health"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Linda Pastero
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Department of Earth Sciences, Interdepartmental Centre “Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces-NIS”, University of Torino, Italy
Interests: crystal growth; epitaxy; surface; interface; calcite; gypsum; apatite; zeolite
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As sustainability and environmental awareness are no longer just slogans but required strategies for the future of the planet Earth, environmental protection is becoming ever more a top trending topic in scientific research. We all share the responsibility for environmental protection. Thus, research institutions, professionals, and industries must be involved in this challenge. Among all disciplines, crystal growth may play an unexpected role in environmental protection, remediation, and health.

The goal of this Special Issue on “Crystal growth for environmental protection, remediation, and health” is to provide a comprehensive overview of both the state of the art and recent advances in crystal growth applied to environmental issues.

Scientists working in many areas of crystal growth application are invited to contribute to this Special Issue. Topics of interest include crystals growth for environmental remediation, mineral capture, and storage of carbon dioxide, waste recovery and reuse through crystallization techniques and tailor-made materials for the industry. Furthermore, studies on crystal growth applied to healthy subjects (toxicology and osteopathy, for instance) are welcome.

Dr. Linda Pastero
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • crystals
  • crystal growth
  • environment
  • protection
  • remediation
  • health
  • sustainability
  • waste
  • reuse
  • recovery

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One-Step Removal of Calcium, Magnesium, and Nickel in Desalination by Alcaligenes aquatilis via Biomineralization
Crystals 2019, 9(12), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9120633 - 28 Nov 2019
Abstract
In desalination, a high level of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) ions in seawater can cause scale deposition on the reverse osmosis membranes and water treatment systems. This process can significantly affect the efficiency of desalination. In addition, heavy metals in seawater affect [...] Read more.
In desalination, a high level of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) ions in seawater can cause scale deposition on the reverse osmosis membranes and water treatment systems. This process can significantly affect the efficiency of desalination. In addition, heavy metals in seawater affect human health. Therefore, Alcaligenes aquatilis from seawater was used to remove Ca, Mg, and nickel (Ni) by microbial-induced carbonate precipitation (MICP). The purification system was then analyzed by ionic analysis and surface characterization. This study shows that the bacteria can utilize amino acids to produce carbonate and form precipitates with a high removal rate. MICP via A. aquatilis removed 91.8%, 68.5%, and 92.2% of the initial soluble Ca, Mg, and Ni, respectively. Furthermore, A. aquatilis can remove ammonium after the MICP process under oxygen-rich conditions. Therefore, we provide interesting insight into the use of Alcaligenes (in the absence of urea) to improve the seawater quality in the process of desalination. Full article
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