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Eric D van Hullebusch

Eric D van Hullebusch
Université Paris Cité

Professor Hab. in Environmental Sciences, PhD in Aquatic Chemistry and Microbiology
(Bio)remediation and resource (bio)recovery of/from liquid/solid waste streams

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Introduction
Eric van Hullebusch research activities mainly focused on the three following topics : - Study of metals and metalloids biogeochemistry in engineered ecosystems (e.g. Anaerobic digesters) mainly dedicated to wastewater treatment for pollution control and resource recovery, - Investigation of the role of living organisms on the weathering of materials and minerals (concrete materials, metal sulfides and wastes such as metallurgical wastes for resource recovery,....), - Soil remediation (advanced oxidation processes, combination of soil washing
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Institut de physique du globe de Paris
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2016 - August 2018
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Position
  • Professor (Full)
March 2012 - August 2016
Université Paris-Est
Position
  • Hab. Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry

Publications

Publications (490)
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The removal of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Naproxen (NAX) in water by hydroxyl radicals (•OH) was performed by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes either with Pt or BDD anodes and a 3D carbon felt cathode. The degradation of NAX by (•OH vs. electrolysis time) was well fitted to a pseudo-first-order reaction rate kineti...
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This paper investigates the prediction of the removal efficiency of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) (pharmaceuticals-PhCs, personal care products, and steroidal hormones) in constructed wetlands based on their physicochemical properties (molecular weight-MW, octanol-water partition coefficient-Log Kow, soil organic carbon sorption coefficient-...
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This paper investigates the prediction of the removal efficiency of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) (pharmaceuticals-PhCs, personal care products, and steroidal hormones) in constructed wetlands based on their physicochemical properties (molecular weight-MW, octanol-water partition coefficient-Log Kow, soil organic carbon sorption coefficient-...
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Potentially toxic elements (PTEs) may be toxic at low concentrations and can damage living organisms as well as being transferred through the food chain. PTEs remain in soils for a long time, and may directly affect on agricultural products and surface water and groundwater, thus endangering human and environmental health. After observing two cases...
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This chapter explains the significance of the removal of selected categories of organic contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum hydrocarbons, azo dyes, chlorinated solvents, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, steroidal hormones, and pesticides) and inorganic contaminants (nutrients, metal(loid)s, and radioactive compounds) f...
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Vermicompost (VC) is a rich source of HA that improves plant growth and yield indices such as fresh and dry weights, plant height, stem diameter, leaf area, and chlorophyll index value. In this study, the effect of foliar application of HA extracted from different types of VC enriched with bacteria and/or fertilizers, commercial HA (CHA) and indole...
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This work aimed to study the biosorption of metal ions by chitosan beads, conducted at room temperature by adding chitosan beads into a conical flask containing different initial pH. The flask was agitated, and the concentrations of metal ions were determined using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). It was found tha...
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The main aim of this work was to test the ability of an amino acid (e.g. glycine) to leach cobalt from Li ion batteries (LiBs). The process parameters namely temperature, pulp density and concentration of glycine were optimized for maximizing the leaching efficiency of cobalt from the cathodic material. Response surface methodology (RSM) was applie...
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La France est un producteur majeur de produit verrier en Europe. La production est très diverse en termes de composition verrière et d’usage : verre sodo-calcique pour les arts de la table, le bâtiment, l’automobile et l’emballage, verre borosilicaté pour les arts culinaires, les emballages pharmaceutiques, les laboratoires, verres spéciaux pour de...
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The biofilm matrix can be considered to be a shared space for the encased microbial cells, comprising a wide variety of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), such as polysaccharides, proteins, amyloids, lipids and extracellular DNA (eDNA), as well as membrane vesicles and humic-like microbially derived refractory substances. EPS are dynamic in...
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In this study, a highly porous chemically activated granular activated carbon (GAC) was prepared from coconut husk and tested as an adsorbent to remove nitrate from contaminated groundwater. The prepared GAC was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), scanning e...
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The increasing demand for petroleum products generates needs for innovative and reliable methods for cleaning up crude oil spills. Annually, several oil spills occur around the world, which brings numerous ecological and environmental disasters on the surface of deep seawaters like oceans. Biological and physico-chemical remediation technologies ca...
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In this discussion, we highlight that the terms sorption and adsorption are often confused and misused in many articles. Even if one thought their formal definition is well known, this does not appear to be the case. We recommend encouragement to adopt the word adsorption only when fully supported by appropriate data and using the sorption terminol...
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In this discussion, we highlight that the terms sorption and adsorption are often confused and misused in many articles. Even if one thought their formal definition is well known, this does not appear to be the case.We recommend encouragement to adopt the word adsorption only when fully supported by appropriate data and using the sorption terminolo...
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Nanomaterials deal with sizes of 100 nm or smaller in at least one dimension which allows for plant uptake and transferred through the leaves. Plants' responses to nanoparticles vary depending on plant species, vegetative stage, age and nature of the nanoparticles. The utilization of nanoparticles in agriculture can decrease the addition chemical f...
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The health of human beings, especially those who live in rural areas, may severely be affected by the deficiency of nutrients in crops. Nanotechnology is an effective method of reducing this problem. Industrial fortification, the use of drugs, and dietary diversification are some methods of fortifying food. Nevertheless, the sustainability and affo...
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We are pleased to announce the call for the book chapters for our upcoming book entitled: ‘Emerging Contaminants: Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment' that will be published by Elsevier. In this regard, it gives us immense pleasure to formally invite you and your team members to contribute to a book chapter in this international standard bo...
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Currently, the applications of biochar (BC) in agricultural practices and for environmental remediation purposes have demonstrated multifaceted advantages despite a few limitations. Nano-BC offers considerable opportunities especially for the remediation of hazardous contaminants as well as the improvement of crop productivity. Positive outcomes of...
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Throughout history, the first and foremost role of urban water management has been the protection of human health and the local aquatic environment. To this end, the practice of (waste-)water treatment has maintained a central focus on the removal of pollutants through dissipative pathways. Approaches like – in the case of wastewater treatment – th...
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Biochars have attracted attention because of their capability to improve soil fertility, soil carbon content as well as crop yield and productivity. Also, biochars may act as a sorbing material that is being used for the immobilization of different types of contaminants such as potentially toxic metals and make them less bioavailable. In this paper...
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In the present work, the influence of feedstock composition (high and low lignin percentage) and addition of lignocellulose degrading bacterial isolates on final compost quality has been studied. The evaluation is based on respiration activity, temperature, nitrate and humic acid concentrations, elemental analysis, C/N ratio, pH, humic acids’ funct...
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Performance of artificial neural networks (ANNs), multi-objective group method of data handling (mGMDH) and multivariate linear regression (MLR) was compared for estimating least limiting water range (LLWR). Eleven soil attributes of 188 soil samples (Inceptisols) were used as independent variables to estimate LLWR directly (indicated as LLWRd) and...
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White biotechnology uses enzymes and microorganisms to produce value-added chemicals from renewable sources. White biotechnology provides valuable components for the food, pharmaceutical, agricultural sectors as well as other industries. Metabolic diversity in fungi, yeast, and bacteria can be exploited to produce food additives and other industria...
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Humic acid (HA) is a specific and stable component of humus materials that behaves similarly to growth stimulants, esp. auxin hormones, contributing to improving growth indices and performance of plants. As a rich source of HA, vermicompost (VC) is also a plant growth stimulating bio-fertilizer that can enhance growth indices and performance in pla...
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Contamination of metal(loid)s and organic pollutants in soils has caused detrimental effects to the environment, so that there is a need to develop appropriate treatment approaches to resolve the soil pollution. In recent years, biochar produced from biowaste material has been widely used as a potential adsorbent in remediating organic and inorgani...
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Over the past decades, contamination of terrestrial environments with antimony (Sb) has aroused a great deal of public concern. In this research, the efficacy of Fe(III)-modified montmorillonite (Mt) (Fe-Mt) for the removal of Sb(V) from aqueous solutions with Sb(V) concentration in the range of 0.2–1 mmol L⁻¹ and immobilization of Sb(V) in soils s...
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Microbes form biominerals via biologically-controlled mineralization (BCM) and biologically-induced mineralization (BIM) (Konhauser and Riding, 2012). BCM is commonly an intracellular process, where microbes employ genetic determinants and enzymes to induce mineralization. The end product (the biomineral) of BCM serves a biological function for its...
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Cities are producers of high quantities of secondary liquid and solid streams that are still poorly utilized within urban systems. In order to tackle this issue, there has been an ever-growing push for more efficient resource management and waste prevention in urban areas, following the concept of a circular economy. This review paper provides a ch...
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The fertilizers that are derived from seaweed are known as Seaweed Liquid Fertilizers (SLF). SLF is a modern, cheap, non-toxic, and natural bioactive fertilizer. Among different studied seaweeds, Ascophyllum nodosum is significant as having bioactive ingredients that potentially regulate the molecular, physiological, and biochemical processes of cr...
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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), one of the main organic pollutants, are produced mainly during the uncomplete organic material combustion (e.g., wood, petrol, oil, and coal). Catalytic cracking towers, coke and aluminum production, coal-tar pitch and asphalt production, carbon black, coal gasification and liquefying plants, residential hea...
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Chitosan is a natural fiber, chemically cellulose-like biopolymer, which is processed from chitin. Its use as a natural polymer is getting more attention because it is non-toxic, renewable, and biocompatible. However, its poor mechanical and thermal strength, particle size, and surface area restrict its industrial use. Consequently, to improve thes...
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This study investigates the prediction of removal efficiency of pharmaceuticals (PhCs), personal care products (PCPs), and steroidal hormones (SHs) based on design and operational parameters (depth, area, hydraulic loading rate (HLR), organic loading rate (OLR), and hydraulic retention time (HRT)) of constructed wetlands (CWs).
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This study investigates the prediction of removal efficiency of pharmaceuticals (PhCs), personal care products (PCPs), and steroidal hormones (SHs) based on design and operational parameters (depth, area, hydraulic loading rate (HLR), organic loading rate (OLR), and hydraulic retention time (HRT)) of constructed wetlands (CWs). A comprehensive stat...
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This study investigates the prediction of the removal efficiency of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) (pharmaceuticals-PhCs, personal care products-PCPs, and steroidal hormones-SHs) in constructed wetlands based on their physicochemical properties (e.g., molecular weight-MW, octanol-water partition coefficient-Log Kow, soil organic carbon sorpti...
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Volatilization of hazardous hydrophobic organic compounds is often observed in many water, wastewater and soil treatment (bio)processes. Several models have been developed to quantify and predict gas-liquid pollutant transfer, being the proportionality coefficient model (PCM) one of the most commonly used, particularly in wastewater treatment. The...
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A framework developed by the COST Action Circular City (an EU-funded network of 500+ scientists from 40+ countries; COST = Cooperation in Science and Technology) for addressing Urban Circularity Challenges (UCCs) with nature-based solutions (NBSs) was analyzed by various urban sectors which refer to different fields of activities for circular manag...
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Silicon (Si) is considered a non-essential element similar to cadmium, arsenic, lead, etc., for plants, yet Si is beneficial to plant growth, so it is also referred to as a quasi-essential element (similar to aluminum, cobalt, sodium and selenium). An element is considered quasi-essential if it is not required by plants but its absence results in s...
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Over the past decades, contamination of terrestrial environments with antimony (Sb) has aroused a great deal of public concern. In this research, the efficacy of Fe(III)-modified montmorillonite (Mt) (Fe-Mt) for the removal of Sb(V) from aqueous solutions with Sb(V) concentration in the range of 0.2–1 mmol L−1 and immobilization of Sb(V) in soils s...
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There has been alarming depletion of manganese (Mn) reserves owing to the ongoing extensive mining operations for catering the massive industrial demand of this element. Moreover, the mining operations have been leading to the generation of Mn-rich waste, thereby contaminating both terrestrial and aquatic bodies. The current scenario necessitates t...
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The potential for slag to contain metals and serve as a secondary resource is relevant not only for valuable metal recovery at current operations but also at legacy disposal sites where the reprocessing of wastes could become an alternative management practice. This chapter describes the mineralogical characteristics of slags in the context of seco...
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Glomalin is a specific glycoprotein compound synthesized by glomeral fungi and its amount varies according to soil conditions. Due to the symbiosis of these fungi with a multitude of plants, a remarkable amount of glomalin is produced inside the hypha wall of these fungi. Furthermore, while increasing the symbiosis stability, glomalin plays a criti...
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Due to increasing anthropogenic activities, especially industry and transport, the fossil fuel demand and consumption have increased proportionally, causing serious environmental issues. This attracted researchers and scientists to develop new alternative energy sources. Therefore, this review covers the biofuel production potential and challenges...
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This presentation is about the two novel decision support tools (DSTs) that are developed to support decisions on the design, operation, and performance of constructed wetlands (CWs) for the removal of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) from the wastewater: (1) Decision tree framework, which consists of five steps; and (2) an integrated DST named...
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In this paper, two novel decision support tools (DSTs) are developed to support decisions on the design, operation, and performance of constructed wetlands (CWs) for the removal of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) from the wastewater: (1) Decision tree framework, which consists of five steps; and (2) an integrated DST named as DTFT-CW was devel...
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Potential sources, temporal and spatial distribution, and health risks of 16 US EPA priority PAHs bound to PM2.5 in Karaj city have been monitored in order to assess the effect abatement and cleanup strategies. A total of 130 PM2.5 samples were collected in three different sites located in the southeast, northwest, and central parts of Karaj city i...
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The horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland (HFCW) is widely studied for the treatment of wastewater containing emerging organic contaminants (EOCs): pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and steroidal hormones. This study evaluates the performance of HFCW for the removal of these types of EOCs based on the data collected from peer-review...
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Pumping experiments were performed in a 2D tank in order to estimate the recovery yield and rate of pure heavy chlorinated organic compounds (DNAPL; dense non-aqueous phase liquids). Several operating configurations were considered: permeability of the saturated zone, pumping flow rates, addition of surfactant (to reduce capillary effects), and the...
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This paper presents the environmental risk posed by emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) such as pharmaceuticals (PhCs), personal care products (PCPs), and steroidal hormones (SHs) and contribution of constructed wetlands (CWs) in their risk reduction. CWs do contribute in reducing the environmental risk posed by the EOCs, although risk is not full...
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This presentation is about the environmental risk posed by emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) such as pharmaceuticals (PhCs), personal care products (PCPs), and steroidal hormones (SHs) and contribution of constructed wetlands (CWs) in their risk reduction. CWs do contribute in reducing the environmental risk posed by the EOCs, although risk is n...
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The generation of huge amounts of food waste du e to the increasing population is a serious global issue. The inadequate management of food waste and lack of proper handling approaches have created adverse negative impacts on the environment and the society. The use of traditional disposal (i.e. land filling) and treatment (i.e. incineration and co...
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Due to the multiplicity of biogeochemical processes taking place in anaerobic digestion (AD) systems and limitations of the available analytical techniques, assessing the bioavailability of trace elements (TEs) is challenging. Determination of TE speciation can be facilitated by developing a mathematical model able to consider the physicochemical p...
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Feeding cadmium (II) and selenium (IV) simultaneously to anaerobic granular sludge with the aim of synthesizing cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles induces compositional changes in the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) matrix of this sludge. A methanogenic anaerobic granular sludge was repeatedly exposed to Cd(II) (10–50 mg L−1) and seleni...
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Understanding the transformations of highly reduced enstatite chondrites (EC) in terrestrial environments, even on very short timescales, is important to make the best use of the cosmochemical and mineralogical information carried by these extraterrestrial rocks. Analogs of EC meteorites were synthesized at high pressure and high temperature. Then,...
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Pumping experiments were performed in a 2D tank in order to estimate the recovery yield of pure heavy chlorinated organic compounds (DNAPL; dense non-aqueous phase liquids) by varying different parameters: permeability of the saturated zone, pumping flow rates, addition of surfactant and heating. Surfactant was added to decrease capillary forces in...
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In recent years, a large volume of literature has been published regarding the removal of phosphorus (P) from wastewater. Various sorbing materials such as metal oxides and hydroxides, carbonates and hydroxides of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg), hydrotalcite, activated carbon, anion exchange resins, industrial solid wastes and organic solid wastes...
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The recycling of electronic scrap is an important subject not only from an environmental aspect but also for recovering metal resources such as copper. In this work, the microbial extraction of copper and other metals (Cu, Ni, Co, Fe and Al) present in the depopulated and shredded printed circuit board (PCB) is elaborated. Bacterial strains of A. f...
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Electrocatalytic removal of fluroquinolones from simulated pharmaceutical effluent is studied in this work. The effects of parameters like NaCl concentration, pH and initial concentration of Ofloxacin were studied. The synergistic effect of H2O2 on the degradation of Ofloxacin paves the way to move towards radical based chemistry. The process was m...
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Electrocatalytic removal of fluroquinolones from simulated pharmaceutical effluent is studied in this work. The effects of parameters like NaCl concentration, pH and initial concentration of Ofloxacin were studied. The synergistic effect of H2O2 on the degradation of Ofloxacin paves the way to move towards radical based chemistry. The process was m...
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A lot of soil (particularly, former industrial and military sites) has been contaminated by various highly toxic contaminants such as petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) or chlorinated solvents. Soil remediation is now required for their promotion into new industrial or real estate activities....
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Natural organic matter (NOM) from Sphagnum peat soil is extracted in water and subjected to several investigations to obtain structural and conformational information. Data show that the extracted NOM is self-organized in colloidal aggregates of variable sizes (from nano to micro scales, depending on the solvent composition, i.e., ultrapure water,...
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This study aimed to evaluate the effect of lignin content and thermophilic lignocellulolytic bacteria bioaugmentation on composting process. Treatments including bioaugmentation with thermophilic lignocellulolytic bacteria isolates such as Paenibacillus validus, Paenibacillus koreensis, Bacillus nealsonii, a mixture of the three mentioned bacterial...
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Currently, due to the rapid growth of urbanization and industrialization in developing countries, a large volume of wastewater is produced from industries that contain chemicals generating high environmental risks affecting human health and the economy if not treated properly. Consequently, the development of a sustainable low-cost wastewater treat...
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This work studies the potential release of Cr from solids to surface water and groundwater, and the related isotopic compositions, in a nickel laterite ore deposit from Barro Alto in Brazil (in the State of Goiás). This ultramafic system is characterized by elevated concentrations of chromium (Cr). Even largely immobile Cr may be naturally leached...
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There is an increasing number of studies investigating the removal of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) from wastewater by using constructed wetlands (CWs). The present paper provides an overview of the removal efficacy of pharmaceuticals (PhCs), personal care products (PCPs), and steroidal hormones (SHs) from wastewater. The effect of design an...
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Sewage sludge digestate is a valuable organic waste which can be used as fertilizer in soil bioremediation. Sewage sludge digestate is not only a good source of nutrients but is also rich in bacteria carrying alkB genes, which are involved in aliphatic hydrocarbons metabolism. Increase of alkB genes ratio in polluted soils has been observed to impr...