Themed collection Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology Recent Review Articles

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Perspective

Emerging investigator series: could the superoxide radical be implemented in decontamination processes?

The superoxide radical (O2˙) is an important reactive oxygen species (ROS) in diverse natural aquatic systems and engineered water treatment processes.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: could the superoxide radical be implemented in decontamination processes?
Perspective

Molecular mechanisms and potential applications of the intrinsic chemiluminescence produced from the degradation of haloaromatic pollutants during environmentally-friendly advanced oxidation processes

Unprecedented ˙OH-dependent intrinsic chemiluminescence (CL) can be produced during the AOPs-mediated degradation of highly toxic haloaromatics (XAr), and a new CL analytical method was developed to measure XAr and monitor their degradation kinetics.

Graphical abstract: Molecular mechanisms and potential applications of the intrinsic chemiluminescence produced from the degradation of haloaromatic pollutants during environmentally-friendly advanced oxidation processes
Open Access Perspective

Responsible science, engineering and education for water resource recovery and circularity

Integration of resource recovery and circular economy concepts in higher education will stimulate responsible innovation in the water sector for an ecologically-balanced society.

Graphical abstract: Responsible science, engineering and education for water resource recovery and circularity
Frontier

Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for resource recovery from municipal wastewater: a comprehensive review of recent advances

The potentials of AnMBR for resource recovery from municipal wastewater are discussed. The main aim is to provide key insights into overcoming key challenges for full-scale implementation from a technical, environmental and economic point of view.

Graphical abstract: Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for resource recovery from municipal wastewater: a comprehensive review of recent advances
Frontier

Encapsulating microorganisms to enhance biological nitrogen removal in wastewater: recent advancements and future opportunities

Encapsulating microorganisms is promising to enhance biological nitrogen removal (BNR) in wastewater, with benefits of increased efficiency, reduced inhibition, and improved stability.

Graphical abstract: Encapsulating microorganisms to enhance biological nitrogen removal in wastewater: recent advancements and future opportunities
Open Access Frontier

The potential contribution of urine source separation to the SDG agenda – a review of the progress so far and future development options

Closing the human nutrient cycle with decentralized urine separation would help to achieve progress in food security and water protection – especially in poor countries. For this, radical innovation is needed along the whole sanitation value chain.

Graphical abstract: The potential contribution of urine source separation to the SDG agenda – a review of the progress so far and future development options
Frontier

Encapsulation technology to improve biological resource recovery: recent advancements and research opportunities

Encapsulation technology has been extensively investigated for various microbiological applications for decades.

Graphical abstract: Encapsulation technology to improve biological resource recovery: recent advancements and research opportunities
Open Access Frontier

Growth of Legionella during COVID-19 lockdown stagnation

While “avoiding stagnation” has been the mantra of building water experts, support for how this terminology is used is not overly convincing. Carefully nuanced COVID stagnation studies can improve water quality research and communication strategies.

Graphical abstract: Growth of Legionella during COVID-19 lockdown stagnation
Frontier

Adsorption of short-chain perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from water/wastewater

The adsorption of short-chain PFAAs has recently received increasing attention due to their potential for replacing the long-chain homologs.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption of short-chain perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from water/wastewater
Frontier

Linear solvation energy relationship development for adsorption of synthetic organic compounds by carbon nanomaterials: an overview of the last decade

The LSER models for adsorption of SOCs by CNMs profoundly depend on compound properties, adsorbent characteristics and the background solution.

Graphical abstract: Linear solvation energy relationship development for adsorption of synthetic organic compounds by carbon nanomaterials: an overview of the last decade
Open Access Tutorial Review

Recent advances in portable heavy metal electrochemical sensing platforms

This Review explores the parameters to be engineered to design in situ electrochemical sensor platforms capable of meeting new EU regulation.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in portable heavy metal electrochemical sensing platforms
Tutorial Review

Ecotoxicological effects of disinfected wastewater effluents: a short review of in vivo toxicity bioassays on aquatic organisms

This review focuses on the in vivo bioassays of disinfected wastewater effluents with respect to aquatic organisms in order to provide an insight into further studies on the ecotoxicological effects.

Graphical abstract: Ecotoxicological effects of disinfected wastewater effluents: a short review of in vivo toxicity bioassays on aquatic organisms
Tutorial Review

Emerging investigator series: membrane distillation and high salinity: analysis and implications

In energy efficient membrane distillation, the low transmembrane temperature difference exacerbates salinity's effect on water flux and specific energy consumption.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: membrane distillation and high salinity: analysis and implications
Critical Review

Occurrences and changes in bacterial growth-promoting nutrients in drinking water from source to tap: a review

Understanding bacterial growth-promoting nutrients are essential to produce and supply biostable drinking water.

Graphical abstract: Occurrences and changes in bacterial growth-promoting nutrients in drinking water from source to tap: a review
Critical Review

Electrospun nanofibers: role of nanofibers in water remediation and effect of experimental variables on their nano topography and application processes

A comprehensive review on electrospun nanofibers: an insight into the latest solutions provided by the scientific community for large scale manufacturing of nanofibers and the role of nanofibers in water remediation.

Graphical abstract: Electrospun nanofibers: role of nanofibers in water remediation and effect of experimental variables on their nano topography and application processes
Critical Review

Influence of atmospheric deposition on surface water quality and DBP formation potential as well as control technology of rainwater DBPs: a review

This manuscript mainly conducted a literature review of the contribution of atmospheric dry and wet deposition to surface water quality and DBP formation potential.

Graphical abstract: Influence of atmospheric deposition on surface water quality and DBP formation potential as well as control technology of rainwater DBPs: a review
Critical Review

The rejection of perfluoroalkyl substances by nanofiltration and reverse osmosis: influencing factors and combination processes

This paper reviewed the various factors affecting the removal of PFASs from water by nanofiltration and reverse osmosis.

Graphical abstract: The rejection of perfluoroalkyl substances by nanofiltration and reverse osmosis: influencing factors and combination processes
Open Access Critical Review

Macroscopic covalent organic framework architectures for water remediation

This article has critically reviewed the story of macroscopic developments of COFs for water remediation. The various macroscopic COFs for removing toxic organic and inorganic pollutants have been systematically surveyed.

Graphical abstract: Macroscopic covalent organic framework architectures for water remediation
Critical Review

A comprehensive review of adsorbents for fluoride removal from water: performance, water quality assessment and mechanism

This review gives a comprehensive summary of various defluoridation adsorbents in terms of performance, water quality assessment and mechanisms.

Graphical abstract: A comprehensive review of adsorbents for fluoride removal from water: performance, water quality assessment and mechanism
Critical Review

The fate and impact of coagulants/flocculants in sludge treatment systems

Coagulants and flocculants have been widely used in various applications, especially in wastewater treatment and sludge dewatering, which result in their high accumulation in waste-activated sludge (WAS).

Graphical abstract: The fate and impact of coagulants/flocculants in sludge treatment systems
Critical Review

Electrocoagulation for industrial wastewater treatment: an updated review

Electrocoagulation (EC) is a promising method that has been effectively employed in the treatment of various types of industrial effluents.

Graphical abstract: Electrocoagulation for industrial wastewater treatment: an updated review
Critical Review

Utilizing cobalt-doped materials as heterogeneous catalysts to activate peroxymonosulfate for organic pollutant degradation: a critical review

This review highlights recent advances in peroxymonosulfate (PMS)-based advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) using cobalt-doped materials as heterogeneous catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Utilizing cobalt-doped materials as heterogeneous catalysts to activate peroxymonosulfate for organic pollutant degradation: a critical review
Critical Review

Recent advances in membrane distillation using electrospun membranes: advantages, challenges, and outlook

Electrospun nanofiber membranes with different modification strategies can supplement freshwater from abundant saltwater resources containing different contaminants.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in membrane distillation using electrospun membranes: advantages, challenges, and outlook
Critical Review

Nanoengineered iron oxide-based sorbents for separation of various water pollutants: current status, opportunities and future outlook

Iron oxide based magnetic nanosorbents have emerged as a material of choice for treating a wide range of water pollutants owing to their higher removal efficiencies, faster kinetics, economic viability, better reusability and ease of separation.

Graphical abstract: Nanoengineered iron oxide-based sorbents for separation of various water pollutants: current status, opportunities and future outlook
Critical Review

Synthesis, fabrication, and mechanism of action of electrically conductive membranes: a review

Synthesis and mechanism of action of electrically conductive membranes.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, fabrication, and mechanism of action of electrically conductive membranes: a review
Critical Review

Recovery of viable ammonia–nitrogen products from agricultural slaughterhouse wastewater by membrane contactors: a review

Efficient removal of nitrogen from wastewater is vital to ensure the safekeeping of waterways and their biota.

Graphical abstract: Recovery of viable ammonia–nitrogen products from agricultural slaughterhouse wastewater by membrane contactors: a review
Critical Review

Microplastics in marine environment: a review on sources, classification, and potential remediation by membrane technology

Microplastics are pollutants highly stable to complete biodegradation and require more specific separation processes for their removal. Classification and potential remediation technologies, such as membrane technology, are discussed in this review.

Graphical abstract: Microplastics in marine environment: a review on sources, classification, and potential remediation by membrane technology
Critical Review

Denitrifying biofilm processes for wastewater treatment: developments and perspectives

Biofilms can retain microorganisms with very different growth kinetics and different electron acceptor preferences, due to their natural redox zonation.

Graphical abstract: Denitrifying biofilm processes for wastewater treatment: developments and perspectives
Critical Review

Solar-driven evaporators for water treatment: challenges and opportunities

Solar-driven evaporation is an emerging process to acquire freshwater from saline water or wastewater. The current review summarizes the major factors affecting the evaporation performance, including material selection, heat management, and scaling control.

Graphical abstract: Solar-driven evaporators for water treatment: challenges and opportunities
Open Access Critical Review

Coagulation/flocculation prior to low pressure membranes in drinking water treatment: a review

Coagulation/flocculation has been grouped into three typical configurations and the impact of each examined in terms of floc properties and membrane fouling.

Graphical abstract: Coagulation/flocculation prior to low pressure membranes in drinking water treatment: a review
Critical Review

Enabling wastewater treatment process automation: leveraging innovations in real-time sensing, data analysis, and online controls

The primary mandate of wastewater treatment facilities is the limitation of pollutant discharges, however both tightening of permit limits and unique challenges associated with improving sustainability (i.e., resource recovery) demand innovation.

Graphical abstract: Enabling wastewater treatment process automation: leveraging innovations in real-time sensing, data analysis, and online controls
Open Access Critical Review

Microplastics removal in wastewater treatment plants: a critical review

Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are an important route for microplastics to enter aquatic environments.

Graphical abstract: Microplastics removal in wastewater treatment plants: a critical review
Critical Review

A review of anaerobic membrane bioreactors for municipal wastewater treatment with a focus on multicomponent biogas and membrane fouling control

Among the various anaerobic digestion technologies developed for wastewater treatment and resource recovery, the anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) stands out as a viable alternative to traditional processes.

Graphical abstract: A review of anaerobic membrane bioreactors for municipal wastewater treatment with a focus on multicomponent biogas and membrane fouling control
Critical Review

The reactions of chlorine dioxide with inorganic and organic compounds in water treatment: kinetics and mechanisms

The reaction kinetics and mechanisms of ClO2 reactions with inorganic and organic compounds are overviewed.

Graphical abstract: The reactions of chlorine dioxide with inorganic and organic compounds in water treatment: kinetics and mechanisms
Critical Review

The forest or the trees: a critical review on the analysis of total organic halogen (TOX) in drinking waters and its utility as a water quality parameter

TOX can be used as an indicator for regulated DBP concentrations in, and toxicity of, disinfected waters.

Graphical abstract: The forest or the trees: a critical review on the analysis of total organic halogen (TOX) in drinking waters and its utility as a water quality parameter
Critical Review

Atomic layer deposition and electrospinning as membrane surface engineering methods for water treatment: a short review

This review article provides a summary of the application of ALD and electrospinning in membrane processes for water treatment and insight into the technological challenges and future perspectives for their wider application in the membrane industry.

Graphical abstract: Atomic layer deposition and electrospinning as membrane surface engineering methods for water treatment: a short review
Open Access Critical Review

Biochar-augmented biofilters to improve pollutant removal from stormwater – can they improve receiving water quality?

Stormwater biofilters are being implemented widely in urban environments to provide green space, alleviate flooding, and improve stormwater quality.

Graphical abstract: Biochar-augmented biofilters to improve pollutant removal from stormwater – can they improve receiving water quality?
Critical Review

Technoproductive evaluation of the energyless microbial-integrated diffusion dialysis technique for acid mine drainage valorization

Acid mine drainage (AMD) presents severe ecological pollution challenges because of its extreme acidity and sulphate and toxic metal contents.

Graphical abstract: Technoproductive evaluation of the energyless microbial-integrated diffusion dialysis technique for acid mine drainage valorization
Critical Review

Removal of organic micropollutants in anaerobic membrane bioreactors in wastewater treatment: critical review

The anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) is a promising technology for achieving an energy-saving or even energy-positive wastewater treatment process as it produces high effluent quality and renewable energy in the form of methane.

Graphical abstract: Removal of organic micropollutants in anaerobic membrane bioreactors in wastewater treatment: critical review
Open Access Critical Review

A critical review of resource recovery from municipal wastewater treatment plants – market supply potentials, technologies and bottlenecks

This critical review reveals the technologies and potentials to recover water, energy, fertilizers and products from municipal WWTPs but also analyses the various bottlenecks that may their hinder successful implementation.

Graphical abstract: A critical review of resource recovery from municipal wastewater treatment plants – market supply potentials, technologies and bottlenecks
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