Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation

Volume 1: Principles and Processes

  • Eldon R. Rene
  • Erkan Sahinkaya
  • Alison Lewis
  • Piet N.L. Lens

Part of the Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World book series (ECSW, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Suthee Janyasuthiwong, Eldon R. Rene, Giovanni Esposito, Piet N. L. Lens
    Pages 1-23
  3. Stefano Papirio, Luigi Frunzo, Maria Rosaria Mattei, Alberto Ferraro, Marco Race, Berardino D’Acunto et al.
    Pages 25-63
  4. Varinporn Asokbunyarat, Piet N. L. Lens, Ajit P. Annachhatre
    Pages 65-100
  5. Alison Lewis
    Pages 101-120
  6. Carlos Arturo Madera-Parra, Daniel Ascúntar Ríos
    Pages 121-163
  7. Jampala Annie Modestra, Gokuladoss Velvizhi, Kamaja Vamshi Krishna, Kotakonda Arunasri, Piet N. L. Lens, YarlagaddaVenkata Nancharaiah et al.
    Pages 165-198
  8. Erkan Sahinkaya, Deniz Uçar, Anna H. Kaksonen
    Pages 199-231
  9. Anna H. Kaksonen, Naomi J. Boxall, Kayley M. Usher, Deniz Ucar, Erkan Sahinkaya
    Pages 233-283

About this book


This book covers the principles, underlying mechanisms, thermodynamic functions, kinetics and modeling aspects of sustainable technologies, particularly from the standpoint of applying physical, chemical and biological processes for the treatment of wastewater polluted with heavy metals. Particular emphasis has been given to technologies that are based on adsorption, electro-coagulation, bio-precipitation, bio-solubilization, phytoremediation and microbial electrolysis.

Metal contamination in the environment is one of the persisting global issues. The adverse health effects of heavy metals on human beings and its impact on the environment has been well-documented. Several physico-chemical and biological technologies have been successfully implemented to prevent and control the discharge of industrial heavy metal emissions. On the contrary, metal resource depletion has also accelerated dramatically during the 20th century due to rapid advances in industrial engineering and medical sciences, which requires large amount of raw materials.

To meet the global metal demand, in recent years, novel research lines have started to focus on the recovery of metals from metal contaminated waste streams. In order to conflate both metal removal and recovery, new technologies have been successfully tested, both at the lab and pilot-scale. The target audience of this book primarily comprises of research experts, practicing engineers in the field of environmental/chemical technology and graduate students.


Bioleaching Biological sulfate reduction Bioprecipitation Biosolubilization Biosorption Electronic waste Environmental sustainability Industrial and mining wastewaters Metal removal Metallurgical slags mineralogy Phytoremediation Wastewater

Editors and affiliations

  • Eldon R. Rene
    • 1
  • Erkan Sahinkaya
    • 2
  • Alison Lewis
    • 3
  • Piet N.L. Lens
    • 4
  1. 1.UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Bioengineering DepartmentIstanbul Medeniyet UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Faculty of EBEUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  4. 4.UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands

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