Special Issue "New Materials and Technologies for Wastewater Treatment"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Lionel Limousy
Guest Editor
Université de Haute-Alsace, Université de Strasbourg, IS2M, CNRS, UMR7361, 3b rue Alfred Werner, F68100 Mulhouse, France
Interests: Biomass conversion and valorization; carbon materials; biological and physicochemical wastewater treatments; adsorption of pollutants; chemical engineering and process; batch and continuous reactors; design synthesis and characterization of carbon adsorbents (chars, activated carbons, composite materials)
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Prof. Thomas Thiebault
Guest Editor
EPHE, PSL University, UMR7619 METIS (EPHE, SU, CNRS), 4 Place Jussieu, F-75005, Paris, France
Interests: fate of contaminants within anthropized environments; ion exchange; organo-clays; adsorption; characterization of clay minerals; sediments; historical use; remediation technologies
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Prof. Dr. Jocelyne Brendle
Guest Editor
Université de Haute-Alsace, Université de Strasbourg, IS2M, CNRS, UMR7361, 3b rue Alfred Werner, F68100 Mulhouse, France
Interests: clay minerals synthesis; preparation of organic–inorganic hybrids having a 2:1 layered structure by sol–gel process; functionalization of clay minerals by ion exchange; grafting; preparation and characterization of clay/polymer (elastomers, photopolymers, biopolymers) nanocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of new materials that are able to enhance the efficiency of industrial wastewater treatment processes, as well as the modulation of these materials’ properties to improve the recovery of pollutants, has experienced steady progress. Anthropogenic activities such as mining, industry, and electricity production generate secondary effluents containing various contaminants, such as heavy metals and radionuclides. In view of their potential impact on water quality, the design of novel technologies aiming at recovering those contaminants is of high concern. Among the various techniques used in water pollution control, adsorption is considered to be a relevant technique because of its simple design, universal nature, high effectiveness, and ease of operation and regeneration. In this Special Issue, we invite papers presenting research findings in the development of innovative materials for the removal of soluble forms of heavy metals and radionuclides. Beyond the scientific novelty of the suggested materials, the authors should emphasize the potential to implement their technology in full-scale facilities operating under realistic conditions of liquid effluent treatment. Both laboratory and pilot-scale experimental works will be considered. This Special Issue will welcome papers coming from different fields of research: material science, chemical engineering and processing, chemistry, and biochemistry in particular.

The theme of the SI is devoted to the development of new materials (bulk, composites, and hybrids) through the improvement/transformation of specific processes for wastewater treatment. Among the topics of interest, specific attention will be given to papers related to:

  • Development of innovative processes for the synthesis of lamellar clay-like compounds, zeolites, hydrotalcites, etc. by tuning synthesis conditions in order to obtain the best adsorption properties;
  • Formulation of innovative composite materials to be applied in liquid-phase adsorption processes;
  • Elaboration of bio-sourced materials from different biomasses or carbon materials (biochars, hydrochars, chars, activated carbons) for the specific removal of heavy metals or radionuclides;
  • Use of microorganisms as support for the removal of heavy metals;
  • Development of new polymers or surfactants with high selectivities.

The selected papers will describe the strategies adopted to develop new materials for process optimization, the way in which the materials are implemented and used in the process, and how they can contribute to the overall process. In this context, and according to the topics listed above, authors are encouraged to provide a complete description of the mass and heat transfers in materials, a detailed characterization of their physico-chemical properties, as well as the mechanisms at the origin of adsorption/complexation (kinetic or thermodynamic approach).

Prof. Lionel Limousy
Prof. Thomas Thiebault
Prof. Jocelyne Brendle
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • radionuclides
  • heavy metals
  • pollutants
  • advanced materials
  • microorganisms
  • adsorption
  • complexation
  • wastewater treatment
  • decontamination
  • environmental impact

Published Papers

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