Effects of Nanomaterials on Environmental Microbial Communities during Wastewater Treatment

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2024 | Viewed by 159

Special Issue Editors

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USDA-ARS US Salinity Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Interests: environmental engineering; environmental microbiology; environmental nanotechnology; water quality

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USDA-ARS US Salinity Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Interests: microbial ecogenomics; microbe-microbe; host-microbe interaction in biofilms; synthetic biology applications for environmental sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial communities play a fundamental role in the wastewater treatment process to remove nutrients, contaminants, and pathogens. Nanomaterials, with their unique physicochemical properties and surface reactivity, have been used in a wide range of applications such as catalysis, water treatment, energy storage, medicine, agriculture, etc. As nanomaterials are introduced into wastewater treatment processes, their interactions with microbial communities can affect the community structure, function, and resilience. Understanding the effects of nanomaterials on these microbial communities is vital to harnessing the benefits while mitigating potential risks.

This Special Issue, "Effects of Nanomaterials on Environmental Microbial Communities During Wastewater Treatment", aims to elucidate the multifaceted impacts of nanomaterials on the structure, dynamics, and functionality of environmental microbial populations during the wastewater treatment process. We invite contributions that investigate the potential enhancements and challenges posed by nanomaterial applications in wastewater treatment. By examining the effects of nanomaterials on microbial communities, this Special Issue seeks to advance our understanding of the ecological, technological, and health implications of using nanomaterials in wastewater treatment, ultimately paving the way for sustainable and efficient wastewater treatment strategies.


Evaluation of the impacts of nanomaterial on wastewater microbial community composition.

Assessment of nanomaterial effects on microbial metabolic activities and functional roles in the wastewater treatment process.

Exploration of potential synergy effects of nanomaterials and microbial communities and impact on treatment efficiency.

Investigation of potential ecological risks and unintended consequences associated with nanomaterial applications during the wastewater treatment process.

Analysis of the long-term impacts of nanomaterial exposure on microbial community resilience and adaptation.

Consideration of ethical and health-related aspects concerning using nanomaterials in wastewater treatment.

Dr. Duc Phan
Dr. Ananda S. Bhattacharjee
Guest Editors

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  • nanomaterials
  • wastewater treatment
  • treatment efficiency
  • ecological impacts
  • human health
  • microbial eco-systems
  • remediation processes
  • nanotoxicity
  • sustainable remediation
  • environmental microbial communities

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