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Special Issue "Electrochemical and Biochemical Technologies for Pollutant Detection and Resource Recovery"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 150

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
Interests: electrochemical analysis; membrane separation technology
Department of Environmental Science, Key Laboratory of Beijing on Regional Air Pollution Control, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
Interests: biological diffusive gel in thin films (DGT); Raman bio-spectroscopy; environmental microbiology; whole-cell bioreporters
Dr. Zhengjie Li
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Guest Editor
College of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Hebei University of Science and Technology, No. 26 Yuxiang Street, Shijiazhuang 050018, China
Interests: porous materials; adsorption and separation technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For decades, environmental pollution issues have continuously threatened the habitat of all living species on Earth. Thus, the detection of pollutants and the development of waste treatment technologies (especially resource recovery technologies) are of great interest for researchers in environmental science and engineering all over the world. Recently, pollutant detection and resource recovery based on electrochemical and biochemical techniques has facilitated the development of novel waste treatment methodologies such as biofiltration, electrochemically driven oxidation, coupled anaerobic biochemical technology, microbial electrochemical desalination, electrochemically induced precipitation techniques etc. Resources including energy, heavy metals, small biological molecules, water and nutrients are all targets for resource recovery from pollutants. Nevertheless, the cost of related techniques is still high, and most of these novel methods have not been examined for the real industrial application. Hence, the establishment of proper pollutant detection and resource recovery mechanisms is crucial at the current stage.

This Special Issue offers a platform for all researchers working in electrochemical and biochemical fields to present their works on novel pollutant sensing techniques and state-of-the-art resource reuse methodologies. The topics are mainly focused on research themes including pollutant sensing and detection strategies, sensing materials synthesis, sensor fabrication, bioreactor design, anaerobic digestion, aerobic processes, biofilm processes and case studies of industrial applications of the aforementioned technologies. Moreover, theoretical works including the prediction of electrochemical signal, reactor design and the simulation of fluid dynamics are also welcomed in this Special Issue.

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

  • Advances in the electrochemical treatment of wastewater;
  • Bio-based technology for resource recovery;
  • Nanomaterials for electrochemical sensing;
  • Electrochemical and biochemical assessment of pollution;
  • Finite element simulation for sensor design;
  • Resource management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Peng Song
Dr. Hanbing Li
Dr. Zhengjie Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • resource recovery
  • resource reuse
  • environmental microbiology
  • electrochemical sensing
  • adsorption
  • separation technology
  • heavy metal remediation
  • removal efficiency
  • bioelectrochemistry
  • pollutant

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