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Current Biotechnological Advancements on Sustainable Metal and Nutrient Removal

Call for Papers

The prevalence of various pollutants like nitrogenous, sulphur, and phosphorous compounds and heavy metals in natural ecosystems has seriously threatened the sustainability of natural ecosystems and is thus interfering with the natural biogeochemical cycling. Chemical pollution of water bodies can cause huge damage to our environment because many of these pollutants are highly poisonous and can in the worst case scenario wipe out entire aquatic ecosystems. The world still has not come up with the adequate monitoring system despite the fact that the global chemical pollution continues to grow because of the many “new” pollutants which have entered use in recent years. The long lasting effects of these pollutants are too varied, diverse, and no more a mystery now. Although nature often has great ability to recover from environmental damage, the growing demands on water resources necessitate the professional application of fundamental knowledge about the water cycle to ensure the maintenance of quality and quantity. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant/animal/human responses to chemical pollutants and toxic effects of pollutants on living organisms
  • Reactor design for metal and nutrient removal
  • Microbial characteristics of biomass used
  • Process design and control
  • Biometallurgy
  • Bioremediation
  • Implementation of new technologies in a WWTP for energy saving and nutrients recovery

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/biotechnology/cba/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 20 September 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 13 December 2013
Publication DateFriday, 7 February 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Li-Yuan Chai, National Engineering Research Center for Control and Treatment of Heavy Metal Pollution, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China

Guest Editors

  • Chong-Jian Tang, School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
  • Qaisar Mahmood, Department of Environmental Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Xian-Wei Liu, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA