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Themed collection Best Papers 2019 – Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

25 items
Perspective

Resource recovery and wastewater treatment modelling

This paper discusses the extent to which new unit processes applied for resource recovery can be modelled with conventional ASMs, the additional modelling challenges being faced, while providing recommendations on how to address current modelling research gaps.

Graphical abstract: Resource recovery and wastewater treatment modelling
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
Tutorial Review

Adsorption of organic micropollutants onto biochar: a review of relevant kinetics, mechanisms and equilibrium

As an alternative to activated carbon, biochar has been considered for removal of organic micropollutants from water and wastewater via adsorption.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption of organic micropollutants onto biochar: a review of relevant kinetics, mechanisms and equilibrium
Critical Review

Drivers of bioaggregation from flocs to biofilms and granular sludge

Microorganisms in natural and engineered environments interact with surfaces, including each other, and form aggregates and complex structures consisting of cells and an extracellular matrix.

Graphical abstract: Drivers of bioaggregation from flocs to biofilms and granular sludge
Critical Review

Treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate: status, chemistry and prospects

This work critically reviews the occurrence, chemistry, treatment technologies and knowledge gaps for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate.

Graphical abstract: Treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate: status, chemistry and prospects
From the themed collection: PFAS
Critical Review

Wastewater treatment plants as a source of plastics in the environment: a review of occurrence, methods for identification, quantification and fate

Plastics accumulate in the natural environment due to their durability and low recycling volumes.

Graphical abstract: Wastewater treatment plants as a source of plastics in the environment: a review of occurrence, methods for identification, quantification and fate
Critical Review

Membrane distillation crystallization for brine mining and zero liquid discharge: opportunities, challenges, and recent progress

This review outlines all the work done on the membrane distillation crystallization process.

Graphical abstract: Membrane distillation crystallization for brine mining and zero liquid discharge: opportunities, challenges, and recent progress
Open Access Communication

Efficient removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water treatment: nanofiltration combined with active carbon or anion exchange

Nanofiltration produces potable water, while adsorption materials GAC and AIX remove more PFASs from membrane retentate than from raw water.

Graphical abstract: Efficient removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water treatment: nanofiltration combined with active carbon or anion exchange
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Contaminant removal by efficient separation of in situ formed layered double hydroxide compounds from mine wastewaters

The efficient removal of a range of anionic and cationic contaminants from acid mine waters to facilitate water reuse or for safe discharge constitutes a major environmental challenge.

Graphical abstract: Contaminant removal by efficient separation of in situ formed layered double hydroxide compounds from mine wastewaters
Paper

Comparative study of PFAS treatment by UV, UV/ozone, and fractionations with air and ozonated air

Conducted using multifunctional equipment, this comparative study showed 95% PFAS removal achieved by ozonated air fractionation.

Graphical abstract: Comparative study of PFAS treatment by UV, UV/ozone, and fractionations with air and ozonated air
From the themed collection: PFAS
Paper

Ozone–UV net-zero water wash station for remote emergency response healthcare units: design, operation, and results

A pilot ozone–UV net-zero greywater wash station was designed, built, and tested, providing a foundation for human contact greywater reuse.

Graphical abstract: Ozone–UV net-zero water wash station for remote emergency response healthcare units: design, operation, and results
Paper

Glyphosate and AMPA removal from water by solar induced processes using low Fe(III) or Fe(II) concentrations

SPF-like and SPF at low Fe(III) or Fe(II) concentrations are effective treatments for removing glyphosate and AMPA from water.

Graphical abstract: Glyphosate and AMPA removal from water by solar induced processes using low Fe(iii) or Fe(ii) concentrations
Paper

Absorption of short-chain to long-chain perfluoroalkyl substances using swellable organically modified silica

Adsorbents comprising swellable organically modified silica were characterized to optimize the adsorption of a wide range of perfluoroalkyl substances from water.

Graphical abstract: Absorption of short-chain to long-chain perfluoroalkyl substances using swellable organically modified silica
From the themed collection: PFAS
Paper

Complex organic particulate artificial sewage (COPAS) as surrogate wastewater in anaerobic assays

By mimicking the complex organic matter composition in sewage, COPAS is a readily available and practical alternative in anaerobic lab-scale studies.

Graphical abstract: Complex organic particulate artificial sewage (COPAS) as surrogate wastewater in anaerobic assays
Paper

Surface water treatment by UV/H2O2 with subsequent soil aquifer treatment: impact on micropollutants, dissolved organic matter and biological activity

UV/H2O2 treatment of sand-filtered surface water before soil aquifer treatment increases the total removal of organic micropollutants and has an impact on microbial activity without pronounced effects on dissolved organic matter removal.

Graphical abstract: Surface water treatment by UV/H2O2 with subsequent soil aquifer treatment: impact on micropollutants, dissolved organic matter and biological activity
Paper

The reactivity and pathway of Fenton reactions driven by hydroxybenzoic acids: the effect of hydroxylation

Hydroxybenzoic acids could act as a cocatalyst, enhancing the Fenton oxidation.

Graphical abstract: The reactivity and pathway of Fenton reactions driven by hydroxybenzoic acids: the effect of hydroxylation
Paper

Channelization of water pathway and encapsulation of DS in the SL of the TFC FO membrane as a novel approach for controlling dilutive internal concentration polarization

In this study, we explored the use of hydrophobic and hydrophilic water-stable MOFs as well as their mixture for the fabrication of high-performance MMM-based TFC FO membranes for controlling ICP.

Graphical abstract: Channelization of water pathway and encapsulation of DS in the SL of the TFC FO membrane as a novel approach for controlling dilutive internal concentration polarization
Open Access Paper

Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG™ for the detection of Escherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites

The assessment of a novel enzyme-based assay showed it to be reliable to detect and quantify E. coli in water.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG™ for the detection of Escherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Waterworks-specific composition of drinking water disinfection by-products

Non-target analysis of potentially toxic disinfection by-products at four waterworks in Sweden.

Graphical abstract: Waterworks-specific composition of drinking water disinfection by-products
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Comparing industrial and domestic discharges as sources of N-nitrosamines and their chloramine or ozone-reactive precursors

Analyses of domestic, commercial and industrial sewage discharges apportioned loadings of N-nitrosodimethylamine, its precursors and N-nitrosomorpholine.

Graphical abstract: Comparing industrial and domestic discharges as sources of N-nitrosamines and their chloramine or ozone-reactive precursors
Paper

Microplastic biofilm in fresh- and wastewater as a function of microparticle type and size class

Microplastics are pollutants of concern in the freshwater and marine environments. These microparticles carry biofilm communities unique from the surrounding water.

Graphical abstract: Microplastic biofilm in fresh- and wastewater as a function of microparticle type and size class
Open Access Paper

Overcoming ammonia inhibition in anaerobic blackwater treatment with granular activated carbon: the role of electroactive microorganisms

Methanogenesis and enrichment of microorganisms capable of interspecies electron and/or hydrogen exchange was investigated with addition of granular activated carbon (GAC) to batch anaerobic digesters treating vacuum collected blackwater with high ammonia concentration.

Graphical abstract: Overcoming ammonia inhibition in anaerobic blackwater treatment with granular activated carbon: the role of electroactive microorganisms
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Concentrating ammonium in wastewater by forward osmosis using a surface modified nanofiltration membrane

Enhancing ammonium rejection by PEI modification.

Graphical abstract: Concentrating ammonium in wastewater by forward osmosis using a surface modified nanofiltration membrane
Paper

Effects of geochemical conditions, surface modification, and arsenic (As) loadings on As release from As-loaded nano zero-valent iron in simulated groundwater

This manuscript makes a significant research impact regarding the fate of As-loaded nZVI particles under different geochemical conditions of groundwater downstream.

Graphical abstract: Effects of geochemical conditions, surface modification, and arsenic (As) loadings on As release from As-loaded nano zero-valent iron in simulated groundwater
Paper

Membrane-separated electrochemical latrine wastewater treatment

Membrane electrolysis is shown to be durable over one month of continuous operation.

Graphical abstract: Membrane-separated electrochemical latrine wastewater treatment
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About this collection

The Environmental Science Best Papers Initiative identifies a variety of excellent papers published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science journal family, showcasing great research from across the globe. To celebrate more of the great papers published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology during 2019 which really deserve recognition, we’ve gathered all nominated papers in this special collection.

Read the papers classed as the best of the portfolio at http://rsc.li/enviro-bestpapers and also browse the nominated papers from our sister journals Environmental Science: Nano and Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

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