Worldwide Research Trends on Hazardous Waste

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The goal of this chapter is to have an overview of the publications related to hazardous waste. All publications indexed in the Scopus database with this term in the title, abstract, or keywords are studied, obtaining more than 19,000 records. The subject categories have been analyzed; the most important ones were environmental science, engineering, and medicine. Regarding the trend in the number of publications, four periods have been detected, the last from 2004 to the present with growing interest. In terms of countries, it has been observed that this ranking is led by the United States, followed by China, India, and the United Kingdom. The main institutions with more than 100 publications were the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The study of the keywords made it possible to detect 12 clusters, of which only 8 have been considered significant and are the ones that establish the research trends in this field: heavy metals, public health/environmental, incineration, municipal solid waste/landfill, electronic waste, bioremediation, biosafety, and hospital waste.


Hazardous waste Scopus Clusters Heavy metals Public health Environmental protection Incineration Municipal waste Landfill Electronic waste Bioremediation Biosafety Hospital waste 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)LogroñoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Engineering, ceiA3University of AlmeriaAlmeriaSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Environmental ScienceNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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