Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications

Metals in the Environment: Toxic Metals Removal

Publishing date
26 May 2017
Submission deadline
06 Jan 2017

Lead Editor
Guest Editors

1Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar

2University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA

Metals in the Environment: Toxic Metals Removal


Water is the new oil of the 21st century and is becoming more valuable due to the increased consumption and demand. Safe drinking water is one of mankind’s most basic needs. It is generally defined as water that does not pose any health risk to humans. World Health Organization (WHO) defines safe drinking water as water that has chemical, microbial, and physical characteristics that comply with both WHO guidelines for drinking water quality and the respective country’s drinking water standard. Good quality water (i.e., water free of contaminants) is essential to human health and is a critical feedstock in a variety of key industries including oil and gas, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food. The available supplies of water are decreasing due to (i) low precipitation, (ii) increased population growth, (iii) more stringent health based regulations, and (iv) competing demands from a variety of user’s industrial, agricultural, and urban development. Consequently water scientists and engineers are seeking alternative sources of water. These alternative sources include seawater, storm water, wastewater (e.g., treated sewage effluent), and industrial wastewater. Water recovery/recycle/reuse has proven to be effective and successful in creating a new and reliable water supply, while not compromising public health.

The pollution of water due to release of heavy metals into ecosystem metals has been causing worldwide concern. The main sources of heavy metals are the wastewaters from modern chemical industries such as metal plating facilities, battery manufacturing, fertilizer, mining, paper and pesticides, metallurgy, mining, fossil fuel, tannery, and production of polymers. The rapid industrialization during recent years has greatly contributed to heavy metals release into environment. Heavy metals tend to accumulate in living organisms, as they are not biodegradable, unlike organic contaminants.

We invite the submission of original, substantial, unpublished research papers on toxic metals removal technologies and related topics. We believe that your contribution would create a high standard of reliability and useful information within this journal. The special issue has been dedicated to the removal of trace metals from water.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Membrane technology
  • Adsorption
  • Advance oxidation system
  • Reduction
  • Bioremediation
  • Electrochemical treatment
  • Coagulation and flocculation
  • Precipitation
  • Ion exchange


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4309198
  • - Editorial

Metals in the Environment: Toxic Metals Removal

Muataz A. Atieh | Yun Ji | Viktor Kochkodan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7298351
  • - Research Article

Cadmium Removal from Contaminated Water Using Polyelectrolyte-Coated Industrial Waste Fly Ash

Fatai A. Olabemiwo | Bassam S. Tawabini | ... | Tahar Laoui
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4323619
  • - Research Article

Enhanced Adsorption of Selenium Ions from Aqueous Solution Using Iron Oxide Impregnated Carbon Nanotubes

Omer Y. Bakather | Ahmad Kayvani Fard | ... | Muataz Ali Atieh
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1624243
  • - Research Article

A Comparative Study of Raw and Metal Oxide Impregnated Carbon Nanotubes for the Adsorption of Hexavalent Chromium from Aqueous Solution

Muhammad I. Qureshi | Faheemuddin Patel | ... | Tahar Laoui
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7914714
  • - Research Article

Removal of Zinc from Aqueous Solution by Optimized Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunches Biochar as Low Cost Adsorbent

Seyed Ali Zamani | Robiah Yunus | ... | Bahareh Asady
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2853925
  • - Research Article

Adsorption of Toluene and Paraxylene from Aqueous Solution Using Pure and Iron Oxide Impregnated Carbon Nanotubes: Kinetics and Isotherms Study

Aamir Abbas | Basim Ahmed Abussaud | ... | Halim Hamid Redhwi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4101735
  • - Review Article

Hazardous Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Ecosystem

Syed Niaz Ali Shah | Zahir Shah | ... | Muzaffar Khan
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