Special Issue "Wastewater Treatment: Membranes and Adsorptive Processes"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Wastewater Treatment and Reuse".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: water treatment; water reuse; desalination; adsorption; ion-exchange; membrane processes; modeling; optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Significant amounts of wastewater have been produced by domestic, industrial, and agricultural sectors driven mainly by the growth of population and industrialization. There are thousands of inorganic, organic, and biological pollutants considered to be contaminants in wastewater and many of them can have serious effects on human health and the environment. Many conventional and non-conventional technologies have been employed to treat different types of wastewater in order to meet the legal requirements for discharge or reuse. The transition to a circular economy requires the use of innovative technologies to treat wastewater streams, minimizing generation of sludge and recovering valuable products. Membrane and adsorptive processes have proven to be promising options to removal of contaminants and/or recover valuable compounds present in wastewaters.

This Special Issue aims to gather high quality research papers and review papers that emphasize the significant importance of separation processes based on adsorption/ion-exchange and membrane technologies in wastewater treatment. It is intended to cover the synthesis of novel adsorbents and membranes, understanding of the mass transport mechanisms, treatment strategies, modeling and simulation studies, design and evaluation of |techno-economic feasibility. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New adsorbents and materials for membrane synthesis for water and wastewater treatment
  • Recovery of valuable metals by adsorption and ion-exchange
  • Adsorption of organic pollutants
  • Integration of membrane processes to recover high-added value compounds from agro-industrial wastewaters
  • Membrane processes for wastewater reuse
  • Membrane bioreactors technology

Prof. Dr. Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • wastewater
  • adsorption
  • ion-exchange
  • adsorbents functionalized
  • membrane technology
  • mixed matrix membranes
  • modeling and simulation
  • design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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