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Green Sorbents for the Environment
Lead Guest Editor:
Khalid Elwakeel
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Guest Editors
Asem Atia
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Menoufia University
Shebin El-Kom, Egypt
Ziya Ahmad Khan
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Jeddah
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Emad Elshehy
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan
Mahmoud Abd El-Ghaffar
Polymers and Pigments Department, National Research Centre
Cairo, Egypt
Gamal El-Sayed
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Benha University
Benha, Egypt
Ahmed Yousif
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Menoufia University
Shebin El-Kom, Egypt
Waheeba Al-Amrani
School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Sains, Penang, Malaysia
Hary Demey
Department of Chemical Engineering (EQ), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Zhen Yang
Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Materials Cycling and Pollution Control, Nanjing Normal University
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Introduction
One of the most challenging problems is disposal of heavy metals generated in many industrial activities such as tanneries, metal plating facilities and mining operations in water streams. Huge volumes of industrial wastewater are drawn into the environment. In addition the mining of uranium ores and their hydrometallurgical processing as well as the operation of nuclear power plants and disposal of spent nuclear fuel are potential sources of radioactive pollution of the environment. On the other hand, wastewater may also contain a considerable amount of valuable ions such as Ag+, Au3+, Pt2+, etc.

Various technological challenges are required to remove the heavy metals or to recover the precious elements from wastewater. Nowadays Environmental Friendly adsorbents are efficient materials in environmental applications due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability, nontoxicity, low-cost, and renewable nature. Adsorption has wide industrial and environmental applications, particularly in removal, separation of harmful heavy metals for wastewater treatment. In our special issue we focus on waste sorption onto eco-friendly adsorbents.

In view of this, we invite authors to submit original research and review articles that will encourage the continuing efforts to develop the innovative technology for the removal of different pollutants from the water resources and wastewater. We would also welcome the articles primarily based on the R&D directed towards the extraction of some radioactive metals as well as precious elements from aqueous media. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
1-Removal of heavy metals and organic pollutants (dyes, pesticides, phenols,…etc) from aqueous media using low coast adsorbents.
2-Removal of radio-nucleotides from radioactive wastewater.
3-Extraction of precious and rare elements from wastewater, spent batteries, industrial manufacturing scarps, byproducts, residue, waste solution and metal scraps.
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