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Sustainable Heavy Metal Remediation

Volume 2: Case studies

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

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Denys Kristalia Villa Gómez, Piet N. L. Lens
    Pages 81-114
  3. Pimluck Kijjanapanich, Piet N. L. Lens
    Pages 115-132
  4. Nang-Htay Yin, Piet N. L. Lens, Yann Sivry, Eric D. van Hullebusch
    Pages 133-160
  5. Manivannan Sethurajan, Piet N. L. Lens, Heinrich A. Horn, Luiz H. A. Figueiredo, Eric D. van Hullebusch
    Pages 161-206
  6. Mirjana Vemic, Francois Bordas, Gilles Guibaud, Piet N. L. Lens, Eric D. van Hullebusch
    Pages 207-239
  7. Arda Işıldar, Jack van de Vossenberg, Eldon R. Rene, Eric D. van Hullebusch, Piet N. L. Lens
    Pages 241-278

About this book


This book presents an assortment of case-studies pertaining to the use of sustainable technologies for heavy metal removal and recovery from mining and metallurgical wastes, construction and demolition wastes, spent catalysts and electronic wastes. 

Wastewaters from diverse industrial and mining activities have caused pollution problems, but these sectors also serve as a hotspot for metal recovery. Several metal removal technologies based on physical, chemical and biological processes have been successfully implemented in full-scale operation, while metal recovery, which is beneficial for economic and environmental reasons, is still limited due to challenges arising from downstream processing. For instance, microbial recovery (bioleaching) of metals from their ores is an established technology with a number of full-scale applications. Bioleaching of electronic wastes to recover metals is also a highly promising technology with low environmental impact and high cost-effectiveness; yet, this technology is still at its infancy. 

As the individual chapters of this book focuses on the applications and limitations of different technologies, this book will serve as an excellent resource for chemical engineers, environmental engineers, mining engineers, biotechnologists, graduate students and researchers in these areas. 


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.Department of Chemistry and BioengineeringTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

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