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38 articles
Perspective

Resource recovery by osmotic bioelectrochemical systems towards sustainable wastewater treatment

This paper reviews previous studies, describes the current status, presents qualitative and quantitative analyses, and discusses perspectives of OsBES technology, focusing on NEW recovery from wastewater .

Graphical abstract: Resource recovery by osmotic bioelectrochemical systems towards sustainable wastewater treatment
Perspective

Lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brines: opportunities, challenges, and future outlook

Chinese salt-lake brine is mainly of the magnesium sulfate subtype with a high Mg/Li ratio. To extract high purity lithium chloride from Chinese brine has been a decade-long challenge. This review summarizes the state-of-the-art of lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brine.

Graphical abstract: Lithium extraction from Chinese salt-lake brines: opportunities, challenges, and future outlook
Perspective

Three promising applications of microbial electrochemistry for the water sector

The potential applications of microbial electrochemistry are many; three promising ones are sensors, in situ bioremediation, and metal recovery.

Graphical abstract: Three promising applications of microbial electrochemistry for the water sector
Open Access Perspective

A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen

A consistent terminology is proposed to resolve present inconsistencies and to facilitate distinct communication about biological nitrogen removal processes.

Graphical abstract: A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen
Perspective

Net-zero water management: achieving energy-positive municipal water supply

Municipal water management can now be energy-positive and economical, through total water recycling.

Graphical abstract: Net-zero water management: achieving energy-positive municipal water supply
Perspective

International research agency perspectives on potable water reuse

This paper summarises the technical, social and political issues regarding direct potable reuse in the USA, Australia, and South Africa.

Graphical abstract: International research agency perspectives on potable water reuse
Open Access Perspective

Water recycling in Australia – during and after the drought

Australia responded to drought with water reform and the use of alternative water sources to ensure security of water supply, but at a cost.

Graphical abstract: Water recycling in Australia – during and after the drought
Open Access Perspective

Can meta-omics help to establish causality between contaminant biotransformations and genes or gene products?

There is increasing interest in using meta-omics association studies to investigate contaminant biotransformations.

Graphical abstract: Can meta-omics help to establish causality between contaminant biotransformations and genes or gene products?
Perspective

Pitfalls and progress: a perspective on achieving sustainable sanitation for all

This article provides a perspective on the reasons behind why we have not yet achieved sustainable sanitation for all, i.e. universal access to some form of improved toilet and sludge management services, and presents research needs and strategies for moving closer to this goal.

Graphical abstract: Pitfalls and progress: a perspective on achieving sustainable sanitation for all
Perspective

Bioelectrochemical systems for nitrogen removal and recovery from wastewater

Removal of nitrogen compounds from wastewater is essential to prevent pollution of receiving water bodies. Bioelectrochemical systems enable energy-efficient nitrogen removal and even recovery of ammonia from wastewaters.

Graphical abstract: Bioelectrochemical systems for nitrogen removal and recovery from wastewater
Frontier

Mitigation options for chemicals of emerging concern in surface waters; operationalising solutions-focused risk assessment

The water system provides many services to society; industries, municipalities and agriculture all withdraw, use and return water and demand a water quality fit for the intended purposes.

Graphical abstract: Mitigation options for chemicals of emerging concern in surface waters; operationalising solutions-focused risk assessment
Frontier

A review of recent developments in graphene-enabled membranes for water treatment

Graphene based materials, including graphene and derivatives such as graphene oxide, have considerable potential as key components in next-generation membrane technologies.

Graphical abstract: A review of recent developments in graphene-enabled membranes for water treatment
Frontier

Emerging investigators series: frontier review: occurrence and speciation of chromium in drinking water distribution systems

Chromium can exist as both trivalent Cr(III) and hexavalent Cr(VI) in typical drinking water conditions, with Cr(VI) being of particular concern due to its high toxicity and new regulatory perspectives.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: frontier review: occurrence and speciation of chromium in drinking water distribution systems
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Open Access Frontier

Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology

Sewer surveillance may be a useful tool for epidemiology that would benefit from improved understanding of the fate of microbial agents and prescription antibiotics during conveyance in sewer systems.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: sewer surveillance for monitoring antibiotic use and prevalence of antibiotic resistance: urban sewer epidemiology
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Tutorial Review

Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) – state of the art

MEUF is a technique for contaminant removal from aqueous solutions, but its efficiency depends on a variety of operational parameters.

Graphical abstract: Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) – state of the art
Tutorial Review

Advances in predicting organic contaminant abatement during ozonation of municipal wastewater effluent: reaction kinetics, transformation products, and changes of biological effects

Ozonation of municipal wastewater effluent has been considered in recent years as an enhanced wastewater treatment technology to abate trace organic contaminants (micropollutants).

Graphical abstract: Advances in predicting organic contaminant abatement during ozonation of municipal wastewater effluent: reaction kinetics, transformation products, and changes of biological effects
Tutorial Review

Membrane materials for water purification: design, development, and application

New membrane technologies based on novel organic, inorganic, and hybrid materials and with unprecedented functionality are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Membrane materials for water purification: design, development, and application
Tutorial Review

Advances in anti-scale magnetic water treatment

Water magnetic treatment provides a clean solution to handle scaling concerns. This article reports on the mechanisms and effects associated with magnetic treatment.

Graphical abstract: Advances in anti-scale magnetic water treatment
Critical Review

Aromatic conjugated polymers for removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater: a short review

Aromatic conjugated polymers-based adsorbents and filtration membranes for selective removal of toxic heavy metal ions from water.

Graphical abstract: Aromatic conjugated polymers for removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater: a short review
Critical Review

Membrane-based methods of virus concentration from water: a review of process parameters and their effects on virus recovery

A critical analysis of how concentration process parameters impact virus recovery during primary concentration of water samples.

Graphical abstract: Membrane-based methods of virus concentration from water: a review of process parameters and their effects on virus recovery
Critical Review

A review of the management and treatment of brine solutions

This paper critically reviews current technologies for concentrate management including emerging membrane technologies, which could recover valuable minerals from brine solutions.

Graphical abstract: A review of the management and treatment of brine solutions
Open Access Critical Review

Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment

Understanding the occurrence, fate and mitigation of the potent molluscicide, metaldehyde in the aquatic environment is now a major concern.

Graphical abstract: Review of the molluscicide metaldehyde in the environment
Critical Review

LED revolution: fundamentals and prospects for UV disinfection applications

This review provides the fundamental and essential knowledge of UV-LEDs to better apply LED technology in environmental application.

Graphical abstract: LED revolution: fundamentals and prospects for UV disinfection applications
Open Access Critical Review

Mining valuable minerals from seawater: a critical review

Methods of extracting valuable minerals from seawater and seawater brines generated in desalination plants are critically reviewed in this paper.

Graphical abstract: Mining valuable minerals from seawater: a critical review
Critical Review

Emerging investigators series: a critical review of decision support systems for water treatment: making the case for incorporating climate change and climate extremes

We present potential impacts of climate on drinking water treatment and review decision support systems for these utilities.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: a critical review of decision support systems for water treatment: making the case for incorporating climate change and climate extremes
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Critical Review

Electrochemical technologies for wastewater treatment and resource reclamation

Electrochemical processes that can be used for wastewater treatment and resource reclamation are reviewed with suggestions for future research directions.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical technologies for wastewater treatment and resource reclamation
Critical Review

Emerging investigators series: the efficacy of chlorine photolysis as an advanced oxidation process for drinking water treatment

The photolysis of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypochlorite (OCl) produces a suite of reactive oxidants, including hydroxyl radicals (˙OH), chlorine radicals (Cl˙), and ozone (O3).

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: the efficacy of chlorine photolysis as an advanced oxidation process for drinking water treatment
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Open Access Critical Review

A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality

In this critical review, we propose that the “human exposome” concept provides guiding principles for water reuse risk management strategies.

Graphical abstract: A human exposome framework for guiding risk management and holistic assessment of recycled water quality
Open Access Critical Review

Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems

Drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) contain complex microbial biofilm communities. Understanding the ecology of these biofilms is critical for effective management of DWDS infrastructure and maintenance of water quality.

Graphical abstract: Characterising and understanding the impact of microbial biofilms and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix in drinking water distribution systems
Critical Review

Critical review of mathematical approaches for quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) of Legionella in engineered water systems: research gaps and a new framework

Legionella has been identified as the responsible agent for two-thirds of waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States from 2011–2012.

Graphical abstract: Critical review of mathematical approaches for quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) of Legionella in engineered water systems: research gaps and a new framework
Critical Review

Emerging investigators series: virus mitigation by coagulation: recent discoveries and future directions

Forces influencing virion sorption and recent findings of coagulation-based inactivation inform new research directions for mitigating waterborne viruses by coagulation.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: virus mitigation by coagulation: recent discoveries and future directions
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Critical Review

Macromolecule-based platforms for developing tailor-made formulations for scale inhibition

Macromolecules provide unique opportunities to inhibit scaling, a complex problem and a key challenge faced by water-based industries.

Graphical abstract: Macromolecule-based platforms for developing tailor-made formulations for scale inhibition
Critical Review

Inorganic engineered nanoparticles in drinking water treatment: a critical review

This review summarizes the recent research in the field of inorganic engineered nanoparticle development with direct or potential interest for drinking water treatment.

Graphical abstract: Inorganic engineered nanoparticles in drinking water treatment: a critical review
Critical Review

Emerging investigators series: the source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle

This review provides a comprehensive look at whether a pandemic enveloped virus would pose challenges for the wastewater and drinking water industries.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: the source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
Critical Review

Closing the urban water loop: lessons from Singapore and Windhoek

More and more cities are dealing with the concurrent trends of water scarcity and growth in water demand. This paper presents the operational solutions developed by Singapore and Windhoek to address this problem.

Graphical abstract: Closing the urban water loop: lessons from Singapore and Windhoek
Open Access Critical Review

Bioanalytical tools: half a century of application for potable reuse

In vitro bioassays are often thought as novel tools by water stakeholders. They have, however, been used for over half a century in assessment of recycled water quality.

Graphical abstract: Bioanalytical tools: half a century of application for potable reuse
Critical Review

The osmotic membrane bioreactor: a critical review

The osmotic membrane bioreactor (OMBR) is a hybrid biological-physical treatment process for wastewater treatment and water reuse.

Graphical abstract: The osmotic membrane bioreactor: a critical review
Critical Review

Detection of trace arsenic in drinking water: challenges and opportunities for microfluidics

Conception of a micro total analytical system (μTAS), capable of sample preparation, sample analysis, and signal acquisition, for portable trace arsenic detection.

Graphical abstract: Detection of trace arsenic in drinking water: challenges and opportunities for microfluidics
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