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Industrial Ecology: Hazardous Waste and Environmental Chemistry

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 5146

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Department of Soil Science Erosion and Land Protection, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation State Research Institute, Czartoryskich 8, 24-100 Puławy, Poland
Interests: soil quality; soil health; soil ecotoxicology; agricultural soils; soil quality indicators; abiotic stress; soil threats

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Department of Soil Science Erosion and Land Protection, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute, Pulawy, Poland
Interests: soil contamination and remediation; food contamination; land use change; soil quality; soil sealing; waste management

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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Special Issue of the Applied Sciences journal devoted to “Industrial Ecology: Hazardous Waste and Environmental Chemistry”.

The continuous pressure on natural resources and the related environmental pollution are a source of concern around the world. In addition, the intensive development of industry causes a direct or indirect impact on the environment and human health and wellbeing as a result of the production of large quantities of waste and emission of toxic chemicals. In response to these concerns, Industrial Ecology has emerged as a holistic conceptual framework for studying the relationships between industrial systems and the natural environment. Industrial Ecology aims to contribute to sustainable development at different levels (local, regional, national or global) through the following main objectives: optimizing consumption of natural resources and energy in a circular economy; developing new environmentally friendly technologies; minimizing generation of waste and pollution and reducing the negative impact of human activities on the environment.

This Special Issue is open to research, case studies, or review papers that will contribute to advances in hazardous waste management and interaction of various toxic pollutants with different environmental compartments (water, air, soil, and organisms).

The following are some of the topics proposed for this Special Issue:

  • Recovery of waste as potential feedstock and its conversion into valuable products;
  • Control and management of hazardous waste disposal;
  • Identification of environmental release of pollutants (e.g., emerging pollutants);
  • Effective environmental risk assessment;
  • Innovative techniques in remediation.

We especially encourage multidisciplinary papers. We hope you will contribute with your high-quality research, and we look forward to reading your valuable results.

Dr. Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Pawlas
Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Siebielec
Guest Editors

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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 2400 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.

Keywords

  • Industrial ecology
  • Hazardous wastes
  • Waste management
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental hazards
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Ecotoxicity
  • Ecological risk assessment
  • New techniques in remediation

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Geochemistry of the Dust Collected by Passive Samplers as a Tool for Search of Pollution Sources: The Case of Klaipėda Port, Lithuania
by Paulius Rapalis, Rimantė Zinkutė, Nadežda Lazareva, Sergej Suzdalev and Ričardas Taraškevičius
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(23), 11157; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112311157 - 24 Nov 2021
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Geochemical investigations of total suspended particulates (TSP) help detect hotspots and emission sources in port cities with stevedoring operations. The aim was to reveal these sources via geochemical indices (gI). TSP were collected in Klaipėda using original passive samplers in ten [...] Read more.
Geochemical investigations of total suspended particulates (TSP) help detect hotspots and emission sources in port cities with stevedoring operations. The aim was to reveal these sources via geochemical indices (gI). TSP were collected in Klaipėda using original passive samplers in ten sites during four periods, during one of them, in ten additional sites near iron ore stevedoring (IOS). The contents of 22 elements (PHEs, crustal, Br, Cl) were determined by EDXRF in TSP and characteristic dust (CD) of stevedored iron ore, apatite, phosphorite, potassium fertilizers, and in waste incineration ash. Median Fe content in TSP near IOS was ~29%. The significant anthropogenic origin of clusters Fe–Cr, Sr–P, V–Ni–Zn–Cu, Pb–As, and Mg–Ca, Br–S–Cl was confirmed by gI mapping and analysis of CD. Significant temporal variability of Cl, S, Sr, Ni, Br, V, and Zn due to weather changes was revealed. Near IOS, significantly higher values of gI were found for Fe and Cr, while far from IOS, for K, Sr, Ti, Rb, Cu, Al, Si, Zr, Ca, Mg. Significantly higher values of normalized enrichment factor near IOS were not only for Fe and Cr, but also for As, Pb, S, Mn, Br, and Cl. Full article
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Green Synthesis Method and Application of NaP Zeolite Prepared by Coal Gasification Coarse Slag from Ningdong, China
by Wenxin Ji, Shiyue Zhang, Pengde Zhao, Shasha Zhang, Ning Feng, Liping Lan, Xiaoguang Zhang, Yonggang Sun, Yuanyuan Li and Yulong Ma
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 2694; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10082694 - 13 Apr 2020
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In view of the current and urgent environmental protection needs, the use of industrial solid waste in China’s Ningdong is becoming more and more important. In this paper, NaP zeolite with good physical properties is synthesized by using coal gasification coarse slag (CGCS) [...] Read more.
In view of the current and urgent environmental protection needs, the use of industrial solid waste in China’s Ningdong is becoming more and more important. In this paper, NaP zeolite with good physical properties is synthesized by using coal gasification coarse slag (CGCS) as the raw material, without the addition of a silicon and aluminum source, without the addition of a template agent, and without high-temperature calcination. Add a small amount of NaOH and deionized water to the CGCS to adjust the molar ratio to SiO2:Al2O3:Na2O:H2O = 5.2:1.0:5.0:100. The effects of aging time, crystallization temperature, and crystallization time parameters on synthetic zeolite were studied. The raw materials and the obtained zeolite were tested by XRF, XRD, SEM, FT-IR, TG-DSC, BET, and other technologies. The results show that the specific surface area of the synthesized NaP zeolite can reach 161.06 m2/g, which has the characteristics of large specific surface area, regular morphology, and high crystallinity. We obtained NaP zeolite through a simple and low-cost synthesis method. The synthesized NaP zeolite was used to simulate the removal of ammonia nitrogen in wastewater, and the optimal removal rate was 92.67%. Among them, Na+ plays an important role in the synthesis of NaP zeolite and ion exchange with NH4+. Our research provides new ideas for solving the large-scale accumulation of CGCS and treating ammonia nitrogen in industrial wastewater. Thus, it is a promising green environmental protection and “treating waste by waste” route. Full article
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