Special Issue "Sustainable and Safe Nano-Enabled Water Treatment Applications"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2019).
Interests: Professor Saleh’s laboratory focuses on design and development of novel and human-centered water treatment technologies. The primary goal is to enhance economically challenged communities' access to potable water via innovative nanomaterial-enabled treatment processes. By integrating state-of-the-art experimentation and modeling under a 'safer by design' umbrella, his lab aims to lead in appropriate technology innovation that is safe and sustainable. This design approach extracts favorable electronic and chemical properties at the nano-scale, while tests for environmental and health safety through fate, transport, and toxicity analyses. Material choice and technology design are human-centered and are guided by 'sustainability principles', i.e., minimization of energy, resources, and cost. Using similar approaches, nano-enabled structural material development is pursued, which complements his lab's mission of access to sustainable civil infrastructure.
Interests: The central theme of Professor Apul’s laboratory is experimental investigation of nanomaterials for water treatment applications. The specific focus of his research program is exploring molecular level interactions between pollutants and nanomaterials in aquatic environment. His lab employs a mechanistic, hypothesis driven, experimentalist approach to investigate fundamental level research questions with a vision of advancing in engineering applications. His current projects focus on overcoming application barriers (such as high cost and potential risks associated with unintended release) in front of nano-enabled water treatment technologies. Therefore, his lab investigates nanomaterials that are: (i) infinitely recyclable and (ii) immobilized in a macrostructure sustaining superior functionalities.
Discovery of emergent pollutants and continued presence of legacy contaminants in our water bodies necessitate the development of novel technologies that are cost- and energy-efficient, as well as are appropriate for water treatment and remediation. Nanomaterials with exceptional properties are utilized to enable treatment solutions for achieving these goals. However, ensuring safe and sustainable use of nanomaterials are key considerations in any treatment applications. This Special Issue invites papers on nano-scale materials, devices, and nano-enabled processes for water treatment in a safe and sustainable manner. We welcome perspectives, review articles, and technical papers that include, but are not limited to, nano-enabled approaches for removal of recalcitrant compounds (e.g., perfluorinated compounds, contaminants released through fracking fluids, emerging synthetic organics, etc.); nano-enhanced antimicrobial techniques to reduce risks from water-borne bacteria and viruses; sensor development for water management, detection of pathogens and toxicants, and detection of macro- and micro-nutrients; low-energy footprint technologies for water treatment; nano-enabled membranes for desalination and oil-water separation; development of nano-enabled and multifunctional materials for nutrient and energy recovery from water; and nano-enabled water treatment testbeds and pilot studies.
Prof. Navid B. Saleh
Prof. Onur G. Apul
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- Photo- and electro-catalysts
- Advanced oxidation
- Recalcitrant compounds
- Perfluorinated compounds