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Progressive Materials and Their Sustainable Applications in Polluted Water Treatment and Reuse

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Dr. Ahmed K. Badawi, assistant professor, El-Madina Higher Institute for Engineering and Technology, Giza - Egypt

Dr. Ahmed K. Badawi is an assistant professor in Environmental Engineering. He is working in this field for more than 10 years. He got his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering in two and three years, respectively from Cairo University-Egypt. Dr. Karam's research focuses on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment using innovative ideas and approaches. He investigated the viability of applying algal-bacterial photo-bioreactors for wastewater treatment in large scale applications. He is also investigated several nano-sized advanced/hybrid materials for industrial wastewater treatment. Dr. Badawi is a specialist in pilot plants design, fabrication and implementation. He designed and constructed several pilot plants in different WWTPs and factories. He has many publications distributed between high impact journals and international conferences. Dr. Badawi is an acting editor and reviewer at several high impact journals. He edited and reviewed more than 107 manuscripts. He received the recognized reviewer award from many international journals. Also, he served as an acting Co-PI for many national and international funded grants with total budget (988 219 $ per 5 years). His research interests are coagulation, adsorption, photocatalysis, filtration, integrated processes, nanomaterials, polymeric nanocomposites and waste management.

Dr. Bushra Ismail, tenured associate professor, Department of Chemistry - COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus-Pakistan

Dr. Bushra Ismail completed her MPhil and PhD studies from Quaid-i-Azam university Islamabad Pakistan. She secured International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) grant from Higher Education Commission Pakistan (HEC) for carrying out part of research work at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry Vienna University, Vienna, Austria. She has produced more than 40 publications with impact factor of more than 170. She produced 4 PhD and 39 MS students and many are working under her supervision. Her research interests are synthesis and characterization of materials for advanced applications, photocatalysis and adsorption for wastewater treatment, materials for thin film deposition and solar cell applications.


Polluted water treatment and reuse has recently become a worldwide issue. Wastewater produced by residential units, companies, and industries contains human waste carrying a large number of bacteria and viruses as well as toxic and non-biodegradable complex organic compounds. The untreated wastewater may cause serious harm to natural water bodies, such as lakes, rivers, and seas. Harmful microorganisms and toxic compounds can cause outbreaks of epidemics and diseases such as: cholera, dysentery, or typhoid if they end up in drinking water. Therefore, developing an efficient technique to handle water and wastewater is essential. There are several effective approaches available to provide excellent results in terms of treated water quality, treatment time, energy usage, and sustainability requirements. Coagulation, flocculation, adsorption, photocatalysis, filtration, and membranes are examples of processes that can be used with operative materials. Numerous micro and nano-scale materials offer outstanding qualities, such as enhanced stability and large surface area for quick decontamination, as well as selectivity to remove diverse contaminants in an economical manner. This special issue outlines the main trends of organic/inorganic material development. In addition, it suggests hybrid materials as facile recycling materials. This special issue also includes original experimental and theoretical research on sustainable/renewable materials connected to key renewable and recyclable applications. Moreover, the recent applications of hybrid nanomaterials, polymers, composites, catalysts and biopolymers in various fields, such as water treatment, energy and hydrogen generation and semiconductors applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

· Advanced wastewater technologies.

· Sustainable water treatment.

· Nano polymers/materials.

· Renewable materials.

· Semiconductors.

· Solid waste management.


Biodegradability, nanomaterials, polymers, hybrid composites, waste-based materials, inorganic materials.

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