- Hafiz M. N. Iqbal, PhD
School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
Dr. Iqbal ranked on the "Highly Cited Researchers 2021” list announced by Clarivate Analytics.
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- Muhammad Bilal, PhD
School of Life Science and Food Engineering, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian, China.
Dr. Bilal ranked on the "Highly Cited Researchers 2021” list announced by Clarivate Analytics.
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Special Issue Introduction
The evolution of urbanized civilization has led to increased anthropogenic activities, industrialization, technological development, and overexploitation of natural resources, resulting in the emergence and persistence of a large spectrum of organic and inorganic contaminants. These emerging pollutants represent a serious threat to human health and all environmental compartments, including the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and anthroposphere. Water matrices are mainly influenced by the increasing number of environmental contaminants of emerging concern. This problem is inevitably intensified due to the lack of effective technologies for proper disposal, management, and waste treatment. In this context, nanotechnology approaches have been keenly practiced as an efficient, rapid, and cost-effective strategy for the treatment and remediation, detection and sensing, and pollution abatement of hazardous contaminants in all types of environmental matrices. The modern remediation implicates the use of materials with multifunctional attributes, either in-situ or ex-situ, as exceptional cues to deal with persistent compounds, such as dye pollutants, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, halogenated chemicals, persistent organic pollutants, volatile organic compounds, pharmaceutics, or personal care products and heavy metals.
In contrast to conventional techniques, multifunctional nanomaterials and nanocomposites-based nanomodalities present great promise in environmental remediation because of their nanoscale size, huge surface-to-volume ratio, and high reactivity. Engineered nanostructured materials with novel characteristics in various shapes and morphologies (i.e., nanoparticles, wires, tubes, fibres) function as nanocatalysts and nanoadsorbents to decontaminate the polluted sites. In combination with (bio)polymers, the resultant nanocomposites have been employed for the recognition and removal of organic pollutants (aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons), antibiotics, and biological entities (bacteria, viruses, parasites), from water matrices.
This special issue compilation will create a forum for researchers involved in the design, synthesis, properties, and environmental applications of nanosized engineered materials to monitor and treat pollutants in environmental matrices. The hidden drawbacks and untapped potential advantages of nanoremediation approaches and their integration with the biotechnological processes will be emphasized to design a secure and economical way for pollution abatement. The articles should be designed to span important aspects encompassing the thematic aspects of this special issue. Both critical reviews and research articles are welcome in this special issue.
The potential topics from the following research areas are expected:
● Environmental pollution
● Ecological risk
● Wastewater and sewage contaminants
● Pollution detection and monitoring
● Resource-Energy recovery
● Nano-enabled technologies
● Risk assessment
Submission Deadline28 Feb 2023