Eric Lichtfouse

Eric Lichtfouse
Aix-Marseille Université | AMU · Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement

PhD
Pollution research. Chief editing. Lectures on environmental science and scientific writing

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Introduction
Eric Lichtfouse is professor of environmental sciences and scientific writing at Aix Marseille University, Xi'an Jiaotong University and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He has invented carbon-13 dating, a molecular-level method allowing to study the dynamics of organic compounds in temporal pools of complex environmental media. He has discovered temporal pools of individual substances in complex media such as soils.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - May 2021
Aix-Marseille Université
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Professor of scientific writing and environmental chemistry at Aix-Marseille University and Xi'an Jiaotong University. Research on soil, air, water, pollution, carbon, climate change. Chief Editor and founder of Environmental Chemistry Letters, Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World and Sustainable Agriculture Reviews.
September 1992 - August 2016
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Soil C and pollutants. Phytoremediation of pollutants. 13C isotope analysis. Environmental Chemistry. Chief Editor, Agronomy for Sustainable Development. Chief Editor and founder, Environmental Chemistry Letters, Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World, Sustainable Agriculture Reviews. President and founder of the European Association for Chemistry and the Environment (ACE). Head, Publication Assistance Services.
January 1991 - August 1992
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Organic geochemistry of sediments from the Japan Sea. Prof. Juergen Ruellkoetter research group.
Education
September 1986 - December 1989
University of Strasbourg
Field of study
  • Organic geochemistry, analytical chemistry, organic synthesis

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Ce diaporama montre les principes essentiels de la rédaction d'un article de recherche primaire (original). Bonne lecture ! http://fr.slideshare.net/lichtfouse/rediger-impact
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The basics of scientific writing in the digital age. From the book Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals, Nova Publishers. This presentation distillates the main points that scientists should have in mind when writing a scientific article: Novelty, Communication, Focus, Distillation, Micro-Article, Unexpected, Contrast, Text, Clear, Introdu...
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The basics of scientific writing in the digital age. From the book Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals, Nova Publishers. This presentation distillates the main points that scientists should have in mind when writing a scientific article: Novelty, Communication, Focus, Distillation, Micro-Article, Unexpected, Contrast, Text, Clear, Introdu...
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The rapid growth of the internet of things has induced the integration of many microelectronic devices in physical objects, yet the generated heat decreases the performance and stability of microelectronic devices. Therefore, new materials such as gradient metal foams (GMFs) have been recently designed to improve heat transfer. In this paper, an ex...
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Freshwater supply is declining in the context of climate change, pollution, and soil salinization, calling for sustainable methods to produce drinking water. For instance, salt water can be converted into pure water by steam generation. Interfacial solar steam generation involves photoabsorbers consisting of a photothermal material with broad solar...
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Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a viable and cost-effective method for converting organic waste into usable renewable energy. The efficiency of organic waste digestion, nonetheless, is limited due to inhibition and instability. Accordingly, biochar is an effective method for improving the efficiency of AD by adsorbing inhibitors, promoting biogas gener...
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Global pollution is calling for advanced methods to remove contaminants from water and wastewater, such as TiO2-assisted photocatalysis. The environmental applications of titanium dioxide have started after the initial TiO2 application for water splitting by Fujishima and Honda in 1972. TiO2 is now used for self-cleaning surfaces, air and water pur...
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The decline of fossil fuel availability is calling for alternative energy such as electricity produced by degradation of waste in microbial fuel cells. The performance of microbial fuel cells is controlled by the anode because microorganisms grow and attach on the anode. Here, we prepared carbon felt electrodes modified with manganese ore based on...
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Pollution of wastewater and natural waters by organic contaminants is a major health issue, yet actual remediation methods are limited by incomplete removal of recalcitrant contaminants and by secondary pollution by chlorinated contaminants and catalytic metals. To attempt to solve these issues, we tested the removal of acid orange by peracetic aci...
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Biomethane production by anaerobic digestion is an efficient technology to treat organic waste and produce clean energy. A growing number of studies has attempted to use carbon-based materials to enhance methane production performance. Granular activated carbon (GAC) is commonly used due to its low price and high efficiency. Moreover, the high cond...
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Wastewater microbial fuel cells (MFCs) can transform the chemical energy into electricity; however, little is known on the effect of circuit modes on start-up and performance of wastewater MFCs. Here we have investigated the effect of four circuit modes on start-up, performance and membrane fouling of MFCs systematically. Besides shortening the sta...
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Air pollution, measured by the concentration of airborne particulate matter with diameter below 2.5 μm (PM2.5), is known to cause globally adverse health effects leading to premature mortality, yet high-resolution spatial distribution of premature deaths is lacking due to the absence of detailed data for the calculation of premature mortality. Here...
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The use of a cheap and effective adsorption approach based on biomass-activated carbon (AC) to remediate heavy metal contamination is clearly desirable for developing countries that are economically disadvantaged yet have abundant biomass. Therefore, this review provides an update of recent works utilizing biomass waste-AC to adsorb commonly-encoun...
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Water contamination by emerging contaminants is increasing in the context of rising urbanization, industrialization, and agriculture production. Emerging contaminants refers to contaminants for which there is currently no regulation requiring monitoring or public reporting of their presence in our water supply or wastewaters. There are many emergin...
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Alkylphenols and alkylphenol polyethoxylates are emerging hazardous contaminants due in particular to their endocrine-disrupting properties. These compounds originate from consumer products such as paints and latex paints, adhesives, inks, formulation of pesticides, paper industry, textile and leather industry, petroleum recovery chemicals, metal w...
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Increasing severe and persistent ozone pollution in China has resulted in serious harm to human health in recent years, yet the precise pollution sources are poorly known because there is few knowledge on large-scale extreme ozone episodes. Here, we studied the formation of the historical orange-alert regional ozone episode in eastern China on 6 Ju...
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The recent discovery of microplastics contaminants in most ecosystems has raised major health issues, yet knowledge on their impact on soil organisms is limited, especially their toxicity evolution with aging. Herein, the toxicity of polystyrene microplastic (PS-MP) to earthworm (Eisenia fetida) along with aging was investigated. Results showed tha...
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Removal of natural organic matter (NOMs) from actual water is a major challenge in the context of worldwide pollution of natural water resources. The removal of humic acids in a system combining biochar adsorption and ultrasonic persulfate oxidation was studied in this paper. The effects of biochar addition, persulfate concentration and initial pH...
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Microbial fuel cell (MFC) sensor exhibits attractive prospects for real-time monitoring of nitrate (NO3⁻) in water, with unique advantages of self-powering and simple structure; but its stability and sensitivity are unsatisfactory. In an attempt to address the limitations, here we employed an open-circuit MFC (O-MFC) sensor for real-time monitoring...
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Worldwide contamination of waters by metals, metalloids, and organometallic pollutants is a major health issue. In particular, the occurrence of the selenium metalloid at rather high concentrations in the environment, especially in the water compartment, is of increasing concern, notably in developing countries. Selenium is difficult to remove from...
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Cyclodextrins are cage-shaped molecules having the remarkable ability to trap smaller compounds, and have thus led to applications in many disciplines such as medicine to increase the bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs. This historical review summarizes the outstanding contribution of the late Professor Benito Casu to cyclodextrin research and, m...
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Climate change is predicted to cause severe loss in agricultural production by increasing disease epidemics and intensifying abiotic stresses. Therefore, there is a need for sustainable methods to alleviate plant stress, such as non-thermal plasma. Here we review the role of non-thermal plasma for plant treatment, with focus on the control of virus...
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About 1.6 billion tons of food are wasted worldwide annually, calling for advanced methods to recycle food waste into energy and materials. Anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste allows the efficient recovery of energy, and induces low-carbon emissions. Nonetheless, digestion stability and biogas production are variables, due to dietary habits and se...
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Biochar addition to anaerobic digestion systems generally improves the conversion of organic waste into methane, yet biogas residues are still unwanted byproducts that may pollute the environment. Therefore, we hypothesized that biogas residues could be recycled into new biochar. We produced biochar by heating at 500 °C the residue of anaerobic dig...
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The rise of emerging contaminants in waters challenges the scientific community and water treatment stakeholders to design remediation techniques that are simple, practical, inexpensive, effective, and environmentally friendly. Emerging contaminants include antibiotics, hormones, illicit drugs, endocrine disruptors, cosmetics, personal care product...
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Efficient nutrient removal from mixed black water is under challenge in the context of global pollution control and circular economy. The anaerobic-anorexic-aerobic process is a widely used biological nutrient removal technology for wastewater treatment, yet its denitrification capacity is limited by the low biodegradable organics to nitrogen (C/N)...
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Water is regarded as an important element for sustainable development and many countries are attempting to provide clean water for municipal and industrial sectors. Owning to population explosion, industrial activities, agricultural practices and urbanisation, water bodies are polluted with various pollutants such as dyes, heavy metals, etc.. This...
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This book presents concepts, methods and applications of inorganic nanomaterials for energy applications such as fuel cells and batteries, for environmental applications such as water purification, and for medicinal applications such as cancer treatments. The founding father of nanotechnology, Eric Drexler, always communicated a unique vision in ex...
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This second volume on ''Inorganic-Organic Composites for Water and Wastewater Treatment'' reviews research findings on advanced materials and methods for purification. Considering the fact that new emerging pollutants are released into the environment and water bodies, it is necessary to develop more advanced techniques in order to treat them. The...
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Sulfonamides (SAs) have been proved to damage organisms if the contact time last over the long term. Therefore, sulfapyridine (SPD), as typical one, was chosen as a target to be...
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Fossil-fuel overuse and global warming are calling for new techniques to provide sustainable fuels. Biomethane can be produced by anaerobic digestion of organic waste, yet microbial mechanisms involved are still debated. Traditionally, reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) is commonly explained by interspecies electron transfer, i. e.,...
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Combined adsorption and oxidation using biochar to activate persulfate has been recently applied to remove contaminants, yet most of the experiments are carried out using artificial synthetic water instead of real waters. Here we tested the removal of humic substances which is abundant and affecting water quality in natural waters, by persulfate co...
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Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is a veterinary drugs and feed additives, which has been frequently detected in surface waters in recent years. This paper investigated the kinetics, evolution of toxicity and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) of SMX in reactions with free chlorine (FC) to evaluate the fate of SMX in batch reactors and water distribution sys...
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Despite large decreases of emissions of air pollution during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown in 2020, an unexpected regional severe haze has still occurred over the North China Plain. To clarify the origin of this pollution, we studied air concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), NO2, O3, PM10, SO2, and CO in Beijing, Hen...
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Excessive and unwarranted administration of antibiotics has invigorated the evolution of multidrug-resistant microbes. There is, therefore, an urgent need for advanced active compounds. Ionic liquids with short-lived ion-pair structures are highly tunable and have diverse applications. Apart from their unique physicochemical features, the newly-dis...
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Antimicrobial Ionic Liquids The antimicrobial effect of ionic liquids (positive and negative charge) could be tuned by tailoring their structural features. In article number 2104148, Eric Lichtfouse, Franklin R. Tay, Pooyan Makvandi, and co-workers comprehensively discuss the antibacterial activity of ionic liquids in biomedical applications such a...
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Declining earth resources, rising ore cost and increasing pollution are calling for recycling of wastewater in the context of the circular economy. In particular, urine is a potential source of phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), yet currently available methods for P and K recovery are limited in efficiency. Here, we designed an electrochemical cryst...
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In order to improve the denitrification efficiency of low carbon to nitrogen ratio (C/N) wastewater, we conducted continuous flow experiments of weakly electrically stimulated denitrification using a direct current output voltage. The results showed that the best denitrification was achieved at a voltage of 0.2 V. The removal of nitrate and total n...
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SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues with emergence of new variants of concerns. These variants are fueling the third and fourth waves of pandemic across many nations. Here we describe the new emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 and why they have enhanced infectivity and possess the ability to evade immunity.
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Biogas production is rising in the context of fossil fuel decline and the future circular economy, yet raw biogas requires purification steps before use. Here, we review biogas upgrading using physical, chemical and biological methods such as water scrubbing, physical absorption, pressure swing adsorption, cryogenic separation, membrane separation,...
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Declining earth resources, rising ore cost and pollution call for better recycling of wastewater in the context of the circular economy. In particular, urine is a potential huge source of phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) agricultural nutrients, yet the efficiency of actual methods for P and K recovery are limited. Here we designed a electrochemical...
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This review is intended to evaluate the use of ferrate (Fe(VI)), being a green coagulant, sustainable and reactive oxidant, to remove micro pollutant especially pharmaceutical pollutants in contaminated water. After a brief description of advanced oxidation processes, fundamental dimensions regarding the nature, reactivity, and chemistry of this ox...
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The distribution of triaromatic dinosteroids in a range of oils and some source rock bitumens was determined by GC-MS selected ion monitoring and GC-MS-MS in order to investigate possible ambiguity in the observed distribution of isomers, including those related to maturation and alteration processes commonly affecting oil accumulations. The result...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has induced many issues for all societal sectors, in particular in the production and disposal of municipal solid waste. This may be because successive easing and reimposing of lockdown measures have deeply changed people's movements, consumers' behaviors and waste management. Previous studies have focused on the short-term ef...
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Adulteration is an illegal practice often committed in food and cosmetic industries, yet rarely in environmental regulation compliance. The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment recently issued a law prohibiting any intentional use of ‘interfering agents’ during wastewater compliance testing. For the first time, such illegal practices are bro...
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Antimicrobial activities of ionic liquids have fascinated biochemists, microbiologists, and medical scientists. The antimicrobial effect of ionic liquids could be tuned by tailoring their structural features. This work comprehensively discusses the antibacterial mechanism and structure-properties relationship of ionic liquids on their bactericidal...
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The antibacterial properties of #ionic_liquids are attributed to: I) #Adsorption: ionic liquids are attracted to the cell membranes; II) #Electrostatic interaction: the deactivation of membrane proteins and interaction of the ionic liquid with membrane phospholipids; III) #Penetration: disorganization and disintegration of the phospholipid bila...
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Rising air pollution by surface ozone (O3) in China has induced extensive efforts to control ozone generation in major urban and industrial areas, yet mechanisms ruling the ozone production and loss are not well understood. In particular, ozone levels are strongly influenced by meteorological factors such as relative humidity, but this has been exp...
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Para-Nitrophenol (p-nitrophenol) is a common industrial pollutant occurring widely in water body, yet actual monitoring method is limited. Herein we proposed a fully electrochemically in situ synthesized graphene-ploy(arginine) composite functionalized screen printed electrode, as a novel p-nitrophenol sensing platform. The electrode was characteri...
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Efforts to widen the scope of ionic liquids applications across diverse research areas have flourished in the last two decades with developments in understanding and tailoring their physical, chemical, and biological properties. The promising applications of ionic liquids-based materials as antimicrobial systems is due to their ability and flexibil...
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Climate change and energy demand are calling for more sustainable fuels such as biomethane produced by anaerobic digestion of organic waste. Biochar addition to waste is presumed to enhance the efficiency of methane production, yet individual reports disclose contradictory results. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of 27 selected publications...