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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bismuth titanate modified and immobilized TiO2 photocatalysts for water purification: broad pollutant scope, ease of re-use and mechanistic studies

Bi4Ti3O12–TiO2 on glass beads photodegrades pollutants including consumer-product precursors, pesticides, drugs and explosives.

Graphical abstract: Bismuth titanate modified and immobilized TiO2 photocatalysts for water purification: broad pollutant scope, ease of re-use and mechanistic studies
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Whole metagenome sequencing of chlorinated drinking water distribution systems

This research highlights the potential of whole metagenome sequencing to help protect drinking water quality and safety.

Graphical abstract: Whole metagenome sequencing of chlorinated drinking water distribution systems
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Cellulose-based water purification using paper filters modified with polyelectrolyte multilayers to remove bacteria from water through electrostatic interactions

Bacteria are removed from contaminated waters through adsorption onto the modified cellulose fiber surface in paper filters with pores larger than the bacteria.

Graphical abstract: Cellulose-based water purification using paper filters modified with polyelectrolyte multilayers to remove bacteria from water through electrostatic interactions
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Achieving high-rate hydrogen recovery from wastewater using customizable alginate polymer gel matrices encapsulating biomass

Alginate encapsulation matrices selectively retained hydrogen producing biomass, achieving reliable high-rate production of hydrogen at various operating conditions.

Graphical abstract: Achieving high-rate hydrogen recovery from wastewater using customizable alginate polymer gel matrices encapsulating biomass
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Removal of antibiotic resistance genes in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating primary clarifier effluent at 20 °C

Antibiotic resistance genes are removed by anaerobic membrane bioreactors at 20 °C.

Graphical abstract: Removal of antibiotic resistance genes in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor treating primary clarifier effluent at 20 °C
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Integrated, multi-process approach to total nutrient recovery from stored urine

This research investigated an integrated, multi-process approach of struvite precipitation, ammonia stripping–acid absorption, and evaporation to recover NPK from stored urine.

Graphical abstract: Integrated, multi-process approach to total nutrient recovery from stored urine
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Metaldehyde removal from drinking water by adsorption onto filtration media: mechanisms and optimisation

Trace micropollutants should be removed during drinking water production without increasing the disinfection-by-product formation potential or energy demand of the treatment process.

Graphical abstract: Metaldehyde removal from drinking water by adsorption onto filtration media: mechanisms and optimisation
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Design and preliminary implementation of onsite electrochemical wastewater treatment and recycling toilets for the developing world

Self-contained toilet wastewater treatment system prototypes based on electrochemical oxidation of feces and urine using bi-layered semiconductor anodes ([Bi2O3]z[TiO2]1−z/IrxTayO2/Ti) have been designed, constructed, and implemented in regions where access to proper and sufficient sanitation is limited.

Graphical abstract: Design and preliminary implementation of onsite electrochemical wastewater treatment and recycling toilets for the developing world
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Impact of upstream chlorination on filter performance and microbial community structure of GAC and anthracite biofilters

Dechlorination in GAC biofilters leads to greater bioactivity and growth of a diverse microbial community.

Graphical abstract: Impact of upstream chlorination on filter performance and microbial community structure of GAC and anthracite biofilters
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Propidium monoazide pretreatment on a 3D-printed microfluidic device for efficient PCR determination of ‘live versus dead’ microbial cells

A microfluidic chip for differentiating live versus dead cells was designed and tested experimentally with lab and environmental samples.

Graphical abstract: Propidium monoazide pretreatment on a 3D-printed microfluidic device for efficient PCR determination of ‘live versus dead’ microbial cells
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Effects of ortho- and polyphosphates on lead speciation in drinking water

Polyphosphates may increase lead solubility via complexation, but the risk is not well characterized. Size-exclusion chromatography with multi-element detection could help determine the prevalence of lead-polyphosphate complexes in drinking water.

Graphical abstract: Effects of ortho- and polyphosphates on lead speciation in drinking water
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Partial renewal of granular activated carbon biofilters for improved drinking water treatment

There is a trend of increasing natural organic matter (NOM) in raw drinking waters of Nordic countries due to climate change.

Graphical abstract: Partial renewal of granular activated carbon biofilters for improved drinking water treatment
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Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the UK: assessing the viability and cost of management

Mounds of salt recovered during treatment of wastewaters from hydraulic fracturing in the USA.

Graphical abstract: Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the UK: assessing the viability and cost of management
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Independent validation and regulatory agency approval for high rate algal ponds to treat wastewater from rural communities

This is the first validation of a HRAP accepted by a regulatory agency and resulted in the system being incorporated into the South Australian Community Wastewater Management Scheme – as depicted.

Graphical abstract: Independent validation and regulatory agency approval for high rate algal ponds to treat wastewater from rural communities
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Characterization of urea hydrolysis in fresh human urine and inhibition by chemical addition

This research tested acids, metals, and fluoride as inhibitors for urea hydrolysis in both real and synthetic, fresh human urine.

Graphical abstract: Characterization of urea hydrolysis in fresh human urine and inhibition by chemical addition
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Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials

Evaluation of different electrode materials in stacked scaled-up MFCs for swine manure treatment to move the technology towards application.

Graphical abstract: Long-term assessment of six-stacked scaled-up MFCs treating swine manure with different electrode materials
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The microbial colonization of activated carbon block point-of-use (PoU) filters with and without chlorinated phenol disinfection by-products

Activated carbon based point-of-use drinking water filters change the bacterial community structure and increase the absolute abundance of genera, including those associated with opportunistic pathogens.

Graphical abstract: The microbial colonization of activated carbon block point-of-use (PoU) filters with and without chlorinated phenol disinfection by-products
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Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems

This paper evaluates the influence of HRT and nitrate content on denitrifying BES.

Graphical abstract: Effect of hydraulic retention time and substrate availability in denitrifying bioelectrochemical systems
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Virus inactivation in stored human urine, sludge and animal manure under typical conditions of storage or mesophilic anaerobic digestion

Viruses represent major disease transmitting agents carried by human excreta and animal manure.

Graphical abstract: Virus inactivation in stored human urine, sludge and animal manure under typical conditions of storage or mesophilic anaerobic digestion
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Removal rates and energy demand of the electrochemical oxidation of ammonia and organic substances in real stored urine

Galvanostatic electrolysis of real stored urine leads to a fast removal of ammonia and organic substances by indirect oxidation. However, this comes with a price: high energy needs and harmful byproducts.

Graphical abstract: Removal rates and energy demand of the electrochemical oxidation of ammonia and organic substances in real stored urine
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Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar

This research addresses the potential for biochar to remove pharmaceuticals from synthetic urine, thereby allowing the treated urine to be used as a contaminant-free nutrient product.

Graphical abstract: Pharmaceutical removal in synthetic human urine using biochar
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Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA

Several recent chemical spills have caused large-scale drinking water contamination incidents in Canada and the USA.

Graphical abstract: Case study: the crude MCHM chemical spill investigation and recovery in West Virginia USA
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