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Special Issue "New Perspective on Groundwater Contamination Treatment: Bioelectrochemical Systems "
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.
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Interests: sustainable development, energy and materials recovery, innovative water and wastewater treatment, groundwater contamination, bioelectrochemical systems
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Biolelectrochemical systems are emerging as a new technology with yet unexplored possibilities in the field of soil and groundwater remediation. New technologies for the treatment of industrially contaminated groundwater and soil remediation based on bioelectrochemical systems (BES) or microbial electrochemical technologies (MET) are being proposed, in which “electro-active” bacteria (EAB) catalyse oxidation or reduction reactions using solid-state electrodes, suitably deployed in the contaminated matrix, as virtually inexhaustible electron acceptors or donors, respectively. The development and optimization on a lab scale of such systems focusing on specific industrial contaminants, such as chlorinated hydrocarbons and hydrocarbons, but also including nitrates and heavy metals, have been described in recent literature. The main goals to be achieved include the minimization of energy and chemicals consumption, compared to traditional remediation techniques (biological remediation and physicochemical remediation) and successful and efficient scaling up of such systems startying from laboratory-scals setups from technical, environmental, and economic points of view. Furthermore, the capability of EAB to couple contaminants’ oxidation/reduction to electric current generation holds promise for the development of novel bioelectrochemical sensors for environmental applications, including the real-time monitoring of bioremediation processes.
Contributions are invited for manuscripts describing new innovation models, frameworks, and findings that address new developments and processes in this area, as well as new successful and/or environmentally sustainable applications and concepts, including challenges such as:
- The development of technology with demonstrated feasibility for scaling up
- The development of technology/lab studies concerning a variety of contaminants and groundwater composition
- The development of technology with potential or demonstrated benefits over standard remediation technologies, including energy efficiency, remediation time efficiency, and easy operation
- The development of innovative, whole-cell biosensors for environmental applications, exploiting the extracellular electron transfer capabilities of electroactive bacteria
Prof. Dr. Andrea G. Capodaglio
Dr. Federico Aulenta
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- bioelectrochemical systems
- soil remediation
- remediation technologies