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Perspective

Emerging investigators series: advances and challenges of graphitic carbon nitride as a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for sustainable water purification

Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is a promising visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for sustainable water purification.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: advances and challenges of graphitic carbon nitride as a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for sustainable water purification
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
Open Access 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
Frontier

Removal of poly- and per-fluoroalkyl substances from aqueous systems by nano-enabled water treatment strategies

Exceptional properties at the nano-scale, if appropriately harnessed, will lead to innovations in water treatment.

Graphical abstract: Removal of poly- and per-fluoroalkyl substances from aqueous systems by nano-enabled water treatment strategies
Frontier

Life cycle assessment (LCA) of urban water infrastructure: emerging approaches to balance objectives and inform comprehensive decision-making

This review describes the state of the art, identifies emerging opportunities, and develops a path forward for LCA to better address urban water system sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Life cycle assessment (LCA) of urban water infrastructure: emerging approaches to balance objectives and inform comprehensive decision-making
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
Tutorial Review

Trickling filters following anaerobic sewage treatment: state of the art and perspectives

This paper reviews the experience of the last 20 years of research, design and operation of UASB/TF systems.

Graphical abstract: Trickling filters following anaerobic sewage treatment: state of the art and perspectives
Tutorial Review

Effectiveness of roadside vegetated filter strips and swales at treating roadway runoff: a tutorial review

Water leaving roadside ditches has the potential to affect the quality of downstream waters.

Graphical abstract: Effectiveness of roadside vegetated filter strips and swales at treating roadway runoff: a tutorial review
Tutorial Review

Open storm: a complete framework for sensing and control of urban watersheds

Leveraging recent advances in technologies surrounding the Internet of Things, “smart” water systems are poised to transform water resources management by enabling ubiquitous real-time sensing and control.

Graphical abstract: Open storm: a complete framework for sensing and control of urban watersheds
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
Critical Review

Occurrence and fate of benzophenone-type UV filters in aquatic environments: a review

Benzophenone-type ultraviolet filters (BP-type UV filters or BPs) are extensively used in a diverse array of personal care products (PCPs), including sunscreens and many cosmetics.

Graphical abstract: Occurrence and fate of benzophenone-type UV filters in aquatic environments: a review
Critical Review

Advances in ozonation and biodegradation processes to enhance chlorophenol abatement in multisubstrate wastewaters: a review

The objective of this study is to emphasize relevant knowledge gaps and research needs regarding chlorophenol degradation by applying biological and/or ozone-based oxidation techniques.

Graphical abstract: Advances in ozonation and biodegradation processes to enhance chlorophenol abatement in multisubstrate wastewaters: a review
Critical Review

Current status and perspectives on anaerobic co-digestion and associated downstream processes

Anaerobic co-digestion (AcoD) has the potential to utilise spare digestion capacity at existing wastewater treatment plants to simultaneously enhance biogas production by digesting organic rich industrial waste and achieve sustainable organic waste management.

Graphical abstract: Current status and perspectives on anaerobic co-digestion and associated downstream processes
Critical Review

Recent trend in visible-light photoelectrocatalytic systems for degradation of organic contaminants in water/wastewater

Electrochemical advanced oxidation process and heterogeneous photocatalysis have received great attention in the last few years as alternative/complementary water treatment technologies.

Graphical abstract: Recent trend in visible-light photoelectrocatalytic systems for degradation of organic contaminants in water/wastewater
Critical Review

Antibacterial polymeric membranes: a short review

Water disinfection mechanism of polymeric membrane.

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial polymeric membranes: a short review
Critical Review

Fundamental challenges and engineering opportunities in flue gas desulfurization wastewater treatment at coal fired power plants

This review identifies challenges and opportunities facing the electricity generation sector in treating flue gas desulfurization wastewater.

Graphical abstract: Fundamental challenges and engineering opportunities in flue gas desulfurization wastewater treatment at coal fired power plants
Critical Review

Emerging investigators series: prospects and challenges for high-pressure reverse osmosis in minimizing concentrated waste streams

If challenges such as mechanical stability, scaling, biofouling and concentration polarization at high pressures are addressed, high-pressure RO could be used to efficiently remove water from high-salinity waste brines as part of a zero-liquid-discharge disposal process.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigators series: prospects and challenges for high-pressure reverse osmosis in minimizing concentrated waste streams
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: the role of vegetation in bioretention for stormwater treatment in the built environment: pollutant removal, hydrologic function, and ancillary benefits

Bioretention vegetation contributes to both the hydrologic and pollutant removal functions of bioretention.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: the role of vegetation in bioretention for stormwater treatment in the built environment: pollutant removal, hydrologic function, and ancillary benefits
Critical Review

Electrokinetic desalination of brackish water and associated challenges in the water and energy nexus

This article presents the challenges and opportunities of electrokinetic desalination for brackish water and its recent development and prospective.

Graphical abstract: Electrokinetic desalination of brackish water and associated challenges in the water and energy nexus
Critical Review

An odyssey of process and engineering trends in forward osmosis

Forward osmosis as a water treatment option has been extensively studied in recent decades owing to its energy efficiency and enhanced performance.

Graphical abstract: An odyssey of process and engineering trends in forward osmosis
Critical Review

Surface functionalization and manipulation of mesoporous silica adsorbents for improved removal of pollutants: a review

This review presents a broad overview of recent advances in the surface modification of mesoporous silica substrates for improved adsorption capacity and selectivity for both organic and inorganic wastewater pollutants.

Graphical abstract: Surface functionalization and manipulation of mesoporous silica adsorbents for improved removal of pollutants: a review
Critical Review

A review of sanitation technologies to achieve multiple sustainable development goals that promote resource recovery

This study critically reviews literature and provides material flows of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon to determine the ability of existing sanitation technologies and strategies that can be deployed to safely recover resources and thus achieve multiple sustainable development goals.

Graphical abstract: A review of sanitation technologies to achieve multiple sustainable development goals that promote resource recovery
Critical Review

Aerobic granulation for future wastewater treatment technology: challenges ahead

Aerobic granules were discovered around 20 years back.

Graphical abstract: Aerobic granulation for future wastewater treatment technology: challenges ahead
Critical Review

Treatment of metallurgical industry wastewater for organic contaminant removal in China: status, challenges, and perspectives

Technologies and processes dealing with organics in metal wastewaters are introduced, along with the latest standards, challenges and future trends.

Graphical abstract: Treatment of metallurgical industry wastewater for organic contaminant removal in China: status, challenges, and perspectives
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
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