Special Issue "Removal of Pharmaceuticals from Water: Conventional and Alternative Treatments"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Prof. Dr. Marta Otero
Department of Chemistry & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: Water pollution and contamination; Water and wastewater treatment: global treatment systems, sustainable treatment processes, clean and alternative technologies; Wastes management and valorization; Alternative adsorbent materials: production, characterization and utilization
Water pollution is a major global problem, the conservation of aquatic resources being one of the main challenges for the 21st century. Within the different types of pollution, that caused by emerging contaminants (ECs) has been in the spotlight of the scientific community during the last few decades. ECs are contaminants that are not currently covered by existing regulations but are thought to be a threat to environmental ecosystems and human health. Among ECs, pharmaceuticals represent an especially worrying class because they are biologically active and their presence in the aquatic environment may cause physiological effects in non-target individuals. In addition, this sort of pollution is becoming a matter of public health since the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in drinking water has been repeatedly reported.
Research on the analytic quantification, occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment has deeply evolve and must continue evolving. However, presently, within the global aim on water protection and in order to give response to future restrictions, it is necessary to find out efficient and sustainable ways to remove pharmaceuticals from water.
Conventional treatments are not necessarily effective in the removal of pharmaceuticals from wastewater, especially because they were not designed for that purpose but rather for the elimination of regulated parameters. Therefore, although further research is required on the efficiency of conventional treatments, urges to find out more efficient and specific treatments able to remove this sort of pollutants from water.
In this context, the present Special Issue aims the publication of original research or review papers on the removal of medicines from water, either drinking or waste water, by conventional or alternative treatments. Scientific contributions on the fate of pharmaceuticals during the application of biological or physicochemical treatments are welcomed.
Subject areas may include, but are not limited to:
- Activated sludge treatments.
- Oxidation and advanced oxidation processes.
- Membrane processes.
- Adsorption onto activated carbon or alternative adsorbents.
- Advanced (nano)materials.
- Natural treatment systems (wetlands, stabilization ponds, etc.).
- Generation of transformation products during water treatment.
- Evaluation of the removal efficiency in percent or toxicity terms.
- Novel strategies for efficiency enhancement.
Dr. Marta Otero
Dr. Carla Escapa
Dr. Ricardo N. Coimbra
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Drinking Water
- Biological Treatment
- Physicochemical Treatment
- Advanced Treatment
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Purification Plant