Novel approaches for bioremediation of contaminants of emerging concern

Emerging contaminants” is a term used to identify any natural or synthetic chemical or microorganism that could be ecological harmful and / or have human health effects that are not specifically regulated or monitored in the environment. The term ‘emerging’ does not strictly express the contaminants that are newly added into the environment; instead, the awareness and concern towards their bad impacts are emerging in international communities. The main component of emerging contaminants include pesticide, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, flame retardants, and industrial additives. These contaminants are disposing continuously and ubiquitous in the environment causing negative impacts to the people for example their reproduction ability, promote cancer, endocrine disruption, immune dysfunction, antibiotic resistance and nervous system disorder. The actual requirement is to convey researchers that these contaminants are widespread in the water, sediment and soil in trace levels. In this context, it has emerged as a matter of grave concern to eliminate these contaminants via a sustainable route. Conventional treatment for ECs is not currently configured to sufficiently treat and remove ECs from the environments. Some technologies, such as chemical oxidation, adsorption, electrocoagulation and anaerobic process have been applied for the remediation of ECs in the environment. However, these methods are often ineffective, particularly at small concentrations, or the construction and operation costs make implementation of some of these options not feasible.

This special issue is intended for academia, environmental managers and process engineers. The overall objective of this special issue is not to simply provide a general reference, but to serve as a resource for developing approaches to remediate emerging contaminants. Moreover, the future challenges and prospects of ECs degradation by means of multiple multifunctional treatments will be outlined accordingly. Knowing this is of immense significance to enhance our understanding of ECs remediation procedures and promote the development of novel multifunctional treatments.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Crude enzyme of bacteria and fungi in biodegradation of emerging pollutants
  • Immobilized enzyme for emerging pollutants remediation
  • Enzyme hybrid methods for emerging pollutants remediation
  • Nano-composites by enzyme entrapment
  • Mechanism of phytoremediation for emerging pollutants
  • Remediation of emerging pollutants by membrane techniques
  • Ligninolytic enzyme for emerging pollutants remediation
  • Extremophile enzyme for emerging pollutants remediation
  • Biocatalytic membrane for emerging pollutant degradation
  • Role of fungi and bacteria in remediation of endocrine disrupting pollutant 
  • Phytoremediation of endocrine disrupting pollutant
  • Role of algae in pollutants remediation
  • Biotransformation of emerging pollutants by microbes

Guest Editors:
Dr. Tony Hadibarata, Curtin University Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Palanivel Sathishkumar, South China Normal University, PR China

Please submit you manuscript via our online submission system, indicating in your cover letter and in the submission details that your manuscript is intended for this special issue. 

The submission deadline is extended until 30th of May 2022!