Special Issue "Materials for Waste Water Treatment"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Pierantonio de Luca
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Energetica e Gestionale. Università della Calabria, I-87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: microporous materials; carbon nanotubes; photocatalytic materials; water purification; environmental protection; ecomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Collegues,

Due to the rapid industrial and urban growth and the massive use of agricultural chemicals, in these last few decades, the contamination of water environments has become a looming problem. As a result of this problem, we are experiencing a greater awareness and sensitivity for the environment and  for the health of citizens.

The answer to this growing demand for wastewater treatment can be given by new and advanced materials that combine innovative research methodologies and strategies with the main objective to allow the disposal of human and industrial effluents without endangering human health or unacceptable damage to the natural environment.

This Special Issue invites original research contributions and reviews regarding recent advances in the development, production, and characterization of wastewater treatment materials, such as nanomaterials, microporous materials, photocatalytic materials, natural materials, and more.

Dr. Pierantonio de Luca
Guest Editor

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  • Innovative materials for wastewater treatment
  • Nanomaterials for wastewater treatment
  • Microporous and mesoporous materials for wastewater treatment
  • Photocatalytic materials for wastewater treatment
  • Natural material for wastewater treatment

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Food Waste Materials as Low-Cost Adsorbents for the Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds from Wastewater
Materials 2019, 12(24), 4242; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12244242 - 17 Dec 2019
The aim of this work was to study the potential of food waste materials (banana peel, potato peel, apple peel, lemon peel, coffee waste, decaf coffee waste, grape waste, and carob peel) as low-cost adsorbents for the removal of aliphatic and aromatic volatile [...] Read more.
The aim of this work was to study the potential of food waste materials (banana peel, potato peel, apple peel, lemon peel, coffee waste, decaf coffee waste, grape waste, and carob peel) as low-cost adsorbents for the removal of aliphatic and aromatic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from wastewater. The ability of examined food waste materials to adsorb VOCs from synthetic multi-component standard solutions was evaluated and the examined food waste materials showed high removal efficiency. Performances of coffee waste, grape waste, and lemon peel were detailed by using Trichloroethylene and p-Xylene in mono-component standard solutions. The adsorption capacity of the three selected food wastes was determined by using linear Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. Two errors functions, average percentage error (APE) and the chi-square test (χ2), were used for isotherm optimization prediction. Freundlich isotherm well described the adsorption of VOCs on the considered materials. According to the obtained results, a multilayer, physical, and cooperative adsorption process was hypothesized, particularly evident when the VOCs’ concentrations are high. This was confirmed by the high adsorption efficiency percentages (E% > 80%) of VOCs from a real polluted matrix (urban solid waste leachate), containing high concentrations of total organic content. Full article
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