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Sustainable Adsorbents for the Removal of Pollutants from Water & Wastewater

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In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among them were two goals directly related to water quality: No. 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and No. 14 (Life below Water). Therefore, we have to think seriously about ways to tackle these urgent problems. Water resources are facing severe problems related to eutrophication and pollution by heavy metals ions and/or harmful compounds (both inorganic and organic). These pollutants are primarily produced by human activities and discharged into rivers, lakes, and oceans where they strongly affect both aquatic and human health. To date, many of useful technologies for solving the problems of water pollution have been reported (adsorption, flocculation, membranes, oxidation, biological treatments, etc.).

This Research Topic focuses on the development of novel adsorbents for the removal of various pollutants from water - including rivers, lakes, and oceans. In particular, we attach importance to the development of sustainable adsorbents prepared from organic or inorganic materials (waste biomass, polymer materials, metal complex (hydr)oxide, and metal -organic framework, industrial by-products etc.). Adsorption technologies have high potential for removal of phosphate ions, inorganic nitrogen, heavy metals ions and many other harmful pollutants from the aqueous phase.

We widely encourage submissions of papers which relate to recent or advanced adsorption technologies using sustainable adsorbents prepared from organic or inorganic materials for purification of various wastewaters. Recycling technologies for the recovery of rare metals (or useful materials) from the aqueous phase using sustainable adsorbents can also be submitted to this Research Topic.


Keywords: Adsorption, Remove, Adsorbent, Sustainability, heavy metal, pollutant, wastewater treatment, sustainable adsorbent


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

In 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among them were two goals directly related to water quality: No. 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and No. 14 (Life below Water). Therefore, we have to think seriously about ways to tackle these urgent problems. Water resources are facing severe problems related to eutrophication and pollution by heavy metals ions and/or harmful compounds (both inorganic and organic). These pollutants are primarily produced by human activities and discharged into rivers, lakes, and oceans where they strongly affect both aquatic and human health. To date, many of useful technologies for solving the problems of water pollution have been reported (adsorption, flocculation, membranes, oxidation, biological treatments, etc.).

This Research Topic focuses on the development of novel adsorbents for the removal of various pollutants from water - including rivers, lakes, and oceans. In particular, we attach importance to the development of sustainable adsorbents prepared from organic or inorganic materials (waste biomass, polymer materials, metal complex (hydr)oxide, and metal -organic framework, industrial by-products etc.). Adsorption technologies have high potential for removal of phosphate ions, inorganic nitrogen, heavy metals ions and many other harmful pollutants from the aqueous phase.

We widely encourage submissions of papers which relate to recent or advanced adsorption technologies using sustainable adsorbents prepared from organic or inorganic materials for purification of various wastewaters. Recycling technologies for the recovery of rare metals (or useful materials) from the aqueous phase using sustainable adsorbents can also be submitted to this Research Topic.


Keywords: Adsorption, Remove, Adsorbent, Sustainability, heavy metal, pollutant, wastewater treatment, sustainable adsorbent


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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18 October 2020 Manuscript
26 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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26 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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