Special Issue "Current Trends and Perspectives in the Application of Polymeric Materials for Wastewater Treatment II"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 451

Special Issue Editors

CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: pollution and contamination of water, soil and sediments; decontamination and purification of water: global treatment systems; sustainable treatment processes; clean and alternative technologies; biowastes management and valorization; novel materials: production, characterization and utilization; thermal analysis
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Department of Environment and Planning & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: polymeric materials; polymers processing; polymer applications; water treatment; emerging contaminants; adsorption; biowastes; thermal processes; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water is indispensable to the functioning of most known life forms, and good water quality is essential to human health, social and economic development, and ecosystem functioning. Nonetheless, population growth has being leading to the degradation and depletion of freshwater resources around the world. Under these circumstances, ensuring sufficient and safe water supplies for everyone is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. For this goal to be achieved, the development and implementation of appropriate and efficient wastewater treatments that allow reducing water pollution is a major challenge.

The application of polymers and polymeric materials in wastewater treatment is a research field that has developed greatly. Conventional and novel approaches have been carried out by researchers from different areas, who have demonstrated that polymers and polymeric materials may have an important role in the removal of pollutants of different origin and nature from wastewater, in the disposal of sludge, in the recycling of materials, in the improved efficiency and economy of wastewater, etc.

In view of the relevant contributions that polymers and polymeric materials may make in the conservation of the aquatic environment, namely, by their application in wastewater treatment, this Special Issue aims at the publication of original research or review papers within this area. Scientific contributions on any aspect related to utilization of polymers and polymeric materials—either synthetic or natural—in the treatment or purification of wastewater are welcomed.

Given the large spectrum of materials, types of pollution and treatment processes, this is a widely inclusive Special Issue. Subject areas may include but are not limited to applications such as:

  • Coagulation–flocculation;
  • Membrane processes;
  • Ion exchange;
  • Adsorption;
  • New (nano)materials production, characterization or utilization;
  • Surface modification and/or functionalization;
  • Molecularly imprinted polymers;
  • Polymer catalysts for water treatment;
  • Polymeric blends, hybrids or (nano)composites;
  • Combined or integrated treatments;
  • Novel strategies for efficiency enhancement;
  • Sustainable wastewater treatment;
  • Management of sludge from wastewater treatment.

Dr. Marta Otero
Dr. Ricardo N. Coimbra
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • wastewater treatment
  • organic contaminants
  • inorganic contaminants
  • pollutant removal
  • polymer applications

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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