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Pollutant Diseases, Remediation and Recycling

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Jan Schwarzbauer
  • Didier Robert

Part of the Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World book series (ECSW, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paolo Rosario Dambruoso, Gianluigi de Gennaro, Annamaria Demarinis Loiotile, Alessia Di Gilio, Pasquale Giungato, Annalisa Marzocca et al.
    Pages 1-44
  3. Alessandra Gianoncelli, Annalisa Zacco, Rudolf P. W. J. Struis, Laura Borgese, Laura E. Depero, Elza Bontempi
    Pages 103-213
  4. Ana C. A. Sousa, M. Ramiro Pastorinho, Shin Takahashi, Shinsuke Tanabe
    Pages 215-275
  5. Sharrel Rebello, Aju K. Asok, Sathish Mundayoor, M. S. Jisha
    Pages 277-320
  6. Mirjana Ristić, Aleksandra Perić-Grujić, Davor Antanasijević, Milica Ristić, Mira Aničić Urošević, Milica Tomašević
    Pages 387-431
  7. Yan Yan Li, Mi Mi Wan, Jian Hua Zhu
    Pages 433-477
  8. Ackmez Mudhoo, Ganeshan Thayalan, Nella Jane Muthoora, Manisha Nishi Muthoora, Bibi Zainab Oozeer, Yogeshwari Pooja Rago et al.
    Pages 479-541
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 543-545

About this book


Pollution has no borders. This popular 70’s saying from early ecologists is surprisingly still true nowadays despite overwhelming scientific evidence and public awareness of the occurrence of artificial toxic substances in water, food, air, living organisms and the environment. This book presents advanced reviews on pollutant occurrence, transfer, toxicity and remediation. The chapter on school air quality by Dambruoso et al. highlights the overlooked health issue of airborne pollutants in buildings. Children are particularly threatened because they spend 90% of their time indoors, even in summer. The chapter on industrial wastewater pollutants by Dsikowitzky and Schwarzbauer reviews pollutants from textile, petrochemical, paper, tire, chemical and pharmaceutical plants. The authors describe advanced analytical methods and ecotoxicity tests. Industrial pollutants include dioxins and furans that are also reviewed in the chapter by Mudhoo et al. The chapter on fly ash by Gianoncelli et al. presents many techniques to treat fly ash and, in turn, decrease pollutant concentrations. The authors also explain that fly ash can be recycled in agriculture, buildings and geopolymers. The chapter on antifouling paints used for ship protection, by Sousa et al., highlights the occurrence of toxic organotins in human organs such as heart, liver and breast milk. The chapter on surfactants by Rebello et al. focuses on safety concerns for humans and the ecosystems. Remediation techniques and green surfactants are presented. The chapters on toxic metals by Nava-Ruíz and Méndez-Armenta, Abarikwu and Ristić et al. describe sources, monitoring and diseases induced by lead, mercury, cadmium and thallium. The chapter on carcinogenic nitrosamines by Li et al. presents techniques and materials such as zeolites to remediate liquids and smoke containing nitrosamines.


DDT wastewater Food dioxin Nervous system heavy metals Plant pollution bioindicator School air pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Lichtfouse
    • 1
  • Jan Schwarzbauer
    • 2
  • Didier Robert
    • 3
  1. 1.INRA, UMR1347 AgroécologieDijonFrance
  2. 2.Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and CoalRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  3. 3.ICPEESUniversité de LorraineSaint-AvoldFrance

About the editors

Dr. Eric Lichtfouse is Editor of scholarly journals and series in environmental chemistry and agriculture. He is heading publication assistance services and teaching scientific writing in Europe and the USA. He has done research in organic geochemistry, soil carbon dynamics and phytoremediation. Dr. Jan Schwarzbauer is Editor of the journal 'Environmental Earth Sciences' and Subject Editor of 'Journal of Soils and Sediments'. After studying chemistry at the University of Hamburg, he is working since 1998 at the RWTH Aachen University leading as full professor the group 'Environmental Organic Geochemistry'. Dr. Didier Robert is professor in organic chemistry and green chemistry at the University Paul Verlaine-Metz (France). He is associate editor of the Journal of Photocatalysis Sciences and its research activities are devoted to the decontamination of air and water by photochemical processes, especially by photocatalysis. He is also editor of the biannual magazine "UniversCity" published by UPV-Metz, dedicated to Cultures and Sciences.

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