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Water Reuse Special Issue on

Disinfection Residual Bacteria (DRB): Risks & Control




Disinfection was invented to control pathogens. Nowadays, disinfection is also used to control biofilm formation in some water treatment processes such as membrane filtration and reverse osmosis. However, different species of bacteria have varying levels of resistance to disinfection. Disinfection processes deplete the quantity of microorganisms to such an extent that they reshape the microbial community structure. These systematic and profound changes may cause shifts in regrowth potential, biofouling potential and levels of antibiotic resistance, which could lead to considerable risk in various scenarios. Hence, the residual parts of microorganisms which remain after disinfection, including the capacity for growth or virulence, which could be defined as the Disinfection Residual Bacteria (DRB), deserves special attention in disinfection processes.

Therefore, the Guest Editors are organising this Special Issue on Disinfection Residual Bacteria (DRB) with the aim of deepening understanding and contributing key scientific knowledge in order to overcome the challenges mentioned above.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Water Reuse for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled ‘Disinfection Residual Bacteria (DRB): Risks & Control’.


Relevant topics include:

  • Mechanisms of disinfection resistance
  • Community structure and functional genes of DRB
  • Growth and metabolism characteristics of DRB
  • Detection and monitoring approaches of DRB
  • Health and process risks of DRB
  • Mechanisms of potential risks caused by DRB
  • Control principles and strategies of DRB


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: 31 March 2022

Expected publication: May 2022 – Papers will be published online swiftly after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Yun Lu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Dr. Zhuo Chen, Tsinghua University, China


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Water Reuse’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – ‘Special Issue: Disinfection Residual Bacteria’. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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