Special Issue "Bioresources as Precursor for Novel Nanostructured Materials towards Environmental Remediation"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Guest Editor
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: physicochemical, structural, optical, and surface chemistry features of nanostructured materials; photocatalysis; mechanochemistry; ultrasound; sonophotochemistry; interfacial phenomena in catalysis; detoxification of toxic vapors; biomass valorization; selective oxidation processes; adsorptive air and water remediation; materials chemistry; MOFs and metal oxides nanocomposites; activated carbons; graphite/graphite oxide; graphitic carbon nitride polymer; semiconductor nanocatalysts; carbon quantum dots
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Prof. Dr. Ioannis Pashalidis
Guest Editor
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
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: wastewater treatment; adsorption; soil pollution; heavy metals; dyes; pharmaceuticals; climate change; composting
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Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Guest Editor
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, 3/536, Maria Curie-Skłodowska Sq. 3, Lublin, 20-031, Poland
Interests: adsorption processes for environmental protection; porous hybrid materials; tailored surface modification; nanomaterials and nanocomposites; silica- and carbon-based functional materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The utilization of environmentally benign abundant and renewable materials on the way to a sustainable future is urgent to deal with reality. Among all the possible approaches, synthesizing desirable materials by recycling bioresources is a fascinating and prosperous strategy, while their use for environmental oriented applications further enhances the cyclic economy and sustainability. Wastewater treatment for modern societies is of great demand, in order to overcome the pollution resulting from the industrial and municipality activity. Various technologies are successfully employed towards water remediation, with adsorptive approaches to be regarded as effective and prosperous. Among a plethora of materials utilized in real-life decontamination applications, carbonaceous materials attract interest predominantly as adsorption media due to their affinity against various pollutants. However, they still have some drawbacks and limitations to their application, while their removal capabilities can further be enhanced. Tuning crucial characteristics such as the textural features and surface chemistry heterogeneity can lead to better-performing materials, especially from the perspective of adsorptive removal. A novel trend is the establishment of multifunctional materials that not only retain the pollutants but also possess the ability to either decompose or mineralize them catalytically. Incorporation and nano-engineering of the already efficient carbonaceous materials with reactive nanophases has gathered the interest of the research community. Additionally, the usage of abundant bioresources as feedstocks like biomass can further elevate the green oriented nature of these kinds of medias.  

Considering all the above, this Special Issue targets the latest trends and advances on carbonaceous-based nanostructured materials as well as nanocomposites for environmental oriented applications that reveal adsorptive and/or catalytic performances better than the currently used materials. Emphasis will be given on biomass derived materials, the reusability of the adsorbents, and on novel trends towards enhancement of the catalytic/reactive decomposition or mineralization.

Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
Prof. Ioannis Pashalidis
Dr. Ioannis Anastopoulos
Dr. Mariusz Barczak
Guest Editors

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  • carbonaceous materials
  • nanocomposites
  • adsorption
  • catalysis
  • biomass as a precursor

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Tailoring Surface Chemistry of Sugar-Derived Ordered Mesoporous Carbons towards Efficient Removal of Diclofenac from Aquatic Environments
Materials 2020, 13(7), 1625; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071625 - 01 Apr 2020
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Ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK-3), obtained from an abundant natural source, sugar, was thermochemically modified with dicyandiamide and thiourea as well as by classical oxidization with hydrogen peroxide to introduce specific surface groups. Thermochemical modifications resulted in carbon with almost unchanged porosity and altered [...] Read more.
Ordered mesoporous carbon (CMK-3), obtained from an abundant natural source, sugar, was thermochemically modified with dicyandiamide and thiourea as well as by classical oxidization with hydrogen peroxide to introduce specific surface groups. Thermochemical modifications resulted in carbon with almost unchanged porosity and altered surface chemistry while porosity of H2O2-treated carbon was seriously deteriorated. The obtained carbons were tested as sorbents of diclofenac, considered as one of the emerging water contaminants. Changes in porosity and surface chemistry of modified carbons resulted in significant differences with regard to the uptake of diclofenac. Dicyandiamide-modified carbon showed highest uptake of drugs, reaching 241 mg g−1 that is attributed to its developed microporosity as well as surface chemistry composed of basic groups facilitating electrostatic interactions with diclofenac anions. Desorption study showed that diclofenac is strongly bonded, albeit with a different degree depending on the modification of the CMK-carbon. The obtained results were compared with up-to-date literature regarding sorption of diclofenac by carbon-based sorbents. Full article
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