Special Issue "Removal of Pharmaceuticals in Water and Wastewater Treatment"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering, Remediation and Restoration".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carla Patrícia Silva
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: development of techniques for the quantification of pharmaceuticals in the environment (as immunoassays (ELISA); high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); capillary electrophoresis (MEKC)); occurrence of organic pollutants in the environment; removal of pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment, through the development of sustainable remediation technologies, by using alternative adsorbents, photolysis (using solar radiation), photocatalysis; implementation of circular economy in technologies developed whenever possible; evaluation of the persistence of organic contaminants
Dr. Diana L.D. Lima
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: development of low-cost methodologies for the quantification of organic contaminants in water matrices; application of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) to quantify pharmaceuticals in environmental samples; occurrence of organic pollutants in the environment (ground, surface and wastewaters); persistence and fate of pharmaceuticals in the environment: photodegradation, adsorption, etc.; removal of pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment using low-cost alternatives, such as photodegradation, using solar radiation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human activities have detrimental effects on water quality, such as the contamination of water with organic pollutants, specifically pharmaceuticals. This is a well-documented topic and findings point to wastewaters as the main sources for the presence of these pollutants in the aquatic environment. Therefore, water remediation has gaining increased attention in the last few years. The research on different alternatives for the removal of pharmaceuticals from water and wastewater allows either improving existing processes or developing new ones to clean water, assuring a safe discharge into the environment. Additionally, greater sustainability can be accomplished in water treatment facilities by selecting the right treatment solution. Therefore, it is essential to give a step forward and find innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective technologies for the removal of pharmaceuticals from water, which constitutes a great challenge for the researchers on this field of research. This Special Issue aims to present and discuss scientific developments on the sustainable removal of pharmaceuticals from water and wastewater, contributing to improving current knowledge on the topic. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Alternative water treatments;
  • Advanced oxidation processes;
  • Photodegradation;
  • Photocatalysis;
  • Sorption and Alternative adsorbents;
  • Development of new materials;
  • Wastewater management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Carla Patrícia Silva
Dr. Diana L.D. Lima
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pharmaceuticals
  • removal treatments
  • wastewater
  • surface waters
  • sustainability
  • low-cost technologies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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