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Electron Beam Technology for Environmental Pollution Control

  • Andrzej G. Chmielewski
  • Bumsoo Han
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  1. Applications of Radiation Chemistry


Worldwide, there are over 1700 electron beam (EB) units in commercial use, providing an estimated added value to numerous products, amounting to 100 billion USD or more. High-current electron accelerators are used in diverse industries to enhance the physical and chemical properties of materials and to reduce undesirable contaminants such as pathogens, toxic byproducts, or emissions. Over the past few decades, EB technologies have been developed aimed at ensuring the safety of gaseous and liquid effluents discharged to the environment. It has been demonstrated that EB technologies for flue gas treatment (SO x and NO x removal), wastewater purification, and sludge hygienization can be effectively deployed to mitigate environmental degradation. Recently, extensive work has been carried out on the use of EB for environmental remediation, which also includes the removal of emerging contaminants such as VOCs, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and potential EDCs.


Electron beam (EB) Electron accelerator Flue gas Wastewater treatment Sludge treatment Radical reaction Radiolysis product Radiation Processing Pollution control Environmental pollution 



Polish coauthor acknowledgments Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland, and International Irradiation Association for support under co-financed project W68/IIA/2015 “Fostering of scientific and R&D collaboration in the field of radiation technologies”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.EB TECH Co., Ltd.DaejeonRepublic of Korea

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