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Special Issue "The Effect of Recycling on Sustainability of Solid Waste Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2023) | Viewed by 1660

Special Issue Editors

School of Chemical Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China
Interests: biochar materials
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Dr. Gonggang Liu
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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China
Interests: biomass materials; catalysis; water treatment; photo-thermal materials
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Dr. Xiangping Chen
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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081, China
Interests: non-ferrous metal secondary resource recovery and recycling; spent litium-ion batteries recycling; solid waste management
Dr. Junwei Han
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School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
Interests: minerals engineering; waste management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With rapid economic growth of our society, a huge amount of solid wastes has been produced, and their disposal is becoming highly challenging. Direct discarding these solid wastes from various industries not only results in serious environmental pollution, but also potentially causes a waste of resources. Recycling of solid wastes has drawn widespread attentions recently in order to solve the intractable problem. Solid wastes can be turned into valuable resources via proper recycling. For example, biomass wastes have characteristics of great production, renewable superiority, and abundant sources. Recently, conversion of biomass wastes to functional materials with high performance has been a hot research topic in different fields such as energy, catalysis, and environment. There are vast opportunities for discovering more attractive strategies for efficient utilization of solid wastes, which potentially promote the sustainability for solid waste management.

This Special issue aim to collect recent researches regarding the recycling of solid wastes, providing advances and understanding of solid waste management and sustainable techniques. The topics include effective recovery, value-added preprocessing, functional modifications, and sustainable management of solid wastes from the perspective of technology, process, mechanism, and research frontier. All topics closely related to the sustainability and management of solid wastes can be accepted.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Separation, purification, and recovery technology of solid wastes.
  • Novel technology or process on solid waste management.
  • Exploration of novel sustainable applications for solid wastes.
  • Novel pre-processing and characterization methods for solid wastes.
  • Functional materials derived from solid wastes used for energy, environment, and catalysis and other applications.
  • Novel evidences and understanding of recycling on sustainability of solid waste management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Chongqing Wang
Dr. Gonggang Liu
Dr. Xiangping Chen
Dr. Junwei Han
Guest Editors

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  • recycling
  • solid wastes
  • sustainability
  • functional materials
  • recovery
  • application

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Degradation of Tetracycline in Water by Fe-Modified Sterculia Foetida Biochar Activated Peroxodisulfate
Sustainability 2022, 14(19), 12097; - 24 Sep 2022
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Tetracycline (TC) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic commonly, made use of in aquaculture and animal husbandry. After entering water bodies, it will represent a major threat to human health. In this study, sterculia foetida biochar (SFC) was readied by the combined hydrothermal pyrolysis (co-HTP) [...] Read more.
Tetracycline (TC) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic commonly, made use of in aquaculture and animal husbandry. After entering water bodies, it will represent a major threat to human health. In this study, sterculia foetida biochar (SFC) was readied by the combined hydrothermal pyrolysis (co-HTP) method with sterculia foetida as raw materials. Fen-SFC (Fe2-SFC, Fe3-SFC, and Fe4-SFC) was obtained by doping SFH with different concentrations of FeCl3. Finally, activation of peroxodisulfate (PDS) was achieved, using Fe3-SFC to degrade TC. The degradation of TC obeyed pseudo-second-order kinetics, and the constant of the reaction rate was 0.491 L mg−1 min−1. Radical trapping experiments, EPR test and electrochemical tests evidenced that the high catalytic performance of the Fe3-SFC/PDS system was ascribed to free radical pathway (•OH and SO4•−) and non-radical pathway (1O2 and electron transfer), in which the latter plays a dominant role. This research not only demonstrates a new kind of biochar as an effective catalyst for PS activation, but also offers an avenue for the value-added reuse of sterculia foetida. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Effect of Recycling on Sustainability of Solid Waste Management)
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