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Innovative Materials and Methods for the Removal of Pollutants from the Environment (2nd Edition)

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1215

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Department of Science and Technological Innovation, University of Eastern Piedmont, 1920133 Milano, Italy
Interests: development of innovative materials for the catalytic abatement of toxic molecules; novel catalysts for green processes; optimization of porous sorbents for CO2 capture and/or water decontamination; novel materials for the production of energy through processes with low environmental impact; preparation of inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic additives for polymer nanocomposites
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Via del Liceo 1, 06123 Perugia, Italy
Interests: zirconium phosphate based materials; treatment of wastewater
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Dear Colleagues,

After the positive feedback of the first edition and the publication of the Special Issue reprint book (https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/4277), we are pleased to invite you to contribute to the Second Edition of the Special Issue on “Innovative Materials and Methods for the Removal of Pollutants from the Environment”.

Environmental issues, especially those concerning the removal of the different pollutants, need a growing commitment by scientists for the development of more effective and sustainable processes. In this Second Edition, researchers are encouraged to share with the scientific community their most recent results on material synthesis and processes for the depollution of air, water and soil.

Following the footsteps of the First Edition, contributions on novel applications of inorganic, organic, or hybrid materials with porous or layered structures for the removal of pollutants through adsorption processes and/or (catalytic) transformation of noxious compounds into species with reduced environmental impact are strongly encouraged, as well as those concerning the removal and/or transformation of emerging contaminants, such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, surfactants, and personal care products.

Last but not least, characterisation methods for and investigations on pollutant removal processes (with applications to synthetic and real effluents), via experimental and theoretical techniques, will be among the key topics of this Second Edition.

Dr. Chiara Bisio
Dr. Monica Pica
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 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

  • environmental depollution
  • adsorption processes
  • catalytic decontamination
  • porous and layered materials
  • characterization methods

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Valorization of Spent Vetiver Roots for Biochar Generation
by Sameer Neve, Dibyendu Sarkar, Manas Warke, Teresa Bandosz and Rupali Datta
Molecules 2024, 29(1), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29010063 - 21 Dec 2023
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Vetiver root is widely used to produce essential oils in the aromatherapy industry. After the extraction of oil, the roots are disposed of as waste. The central objective of this research was to explore the conversion of this waste into a resource using [...] Read more.
Vetiver root is widely used to produce essential oils in the aromatherapy industry. After the extraction of oil, the roots are disposed of as waste. The central objective of this research was to explore the conversion of this waste into a resource using a circular economy framework. To generate biochar, vetiver roots were pyrolyzed at different temperatures (300, 500, and 700 °C) and residence times (30, 60, and 120 min). Analysis showed the root biochar generated at 500 °C and held for 60 min had the highest surface area of 308.15 m2/g and a yield of 53.76%, in addition to other favorable characteristics. Comparatively, the surface area and the yield of shoot biochar were significantly lower compared to those of the roots. Repurposing the spent root biomass for environmental and agronomic benefits, our circular economy concept prevents the plant tissue from entering landfills or the waste stream. Full article
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