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Advanced Oxidation Processes for Contaminants of Emerging Concern


Generally, conventional water treatment approaches are effective at removing contaminants of emerging concern satisfactorily; however, these can be sometimes chemically, energetically, and operationally intensive. In this context, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have emerged as sustainable technologies for stopping pollutants from reaching the environment, offering different solutions to many environmental problems.

In this Special Issue, we present recent developments in AOP technology for treating CECs. This Special Issue also includes articles on the use of AOPs for the treatment of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and other organic pollutants. The articles cover a range of AOP technologies, including photocatalysis, electrochemical oxidation, catalyst, persulfate oxidation, and air plasma.

This Special Issue highlights the potential of AOPs for treating CECs as well as the importance of considering real water matrices, including palm oil mill effluent waste activated sludge, wastewater treatment plants, and pharmaceutical wastewater, in developing and optimizing AOPs for the treatment of CECs.

Guest Editors:

P. V. Nidheesh, CSIR National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India.

Milad Mousazadeh, Department of Environmental Engineering, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

Mika Sillanpää, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Zacharias Frontistis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Greece.


Editorial: Advanced oxidation processes for contaminants of emerging concern

P. V. Nidheesh, Milad Mousazadeh, Mika Sillanpää, Zacharias Frontistis

Water Science & Technology (1 June 2023) 87 (11): iii.




Photocatalytic and adsorptive performance of polyvinyl alcohol/chitosan/TiO2 composite for antibiotics removal: single- and multi-pollutant conditions

Neghi N, Mathava Kumar

Water Science & Technology (15 August 2022) 86 (4): 800–813.




Combined ultrasound cavitation and persulfate for the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater

Karan Pandya, Anantha Singh T. S., Pravin Kodgire, Saji Simon

Water Science & Technology (1 November 2022) 86 (4): 800–813.




Ciprofloxacin degradation by catalytic activation of monopersulfate using Mn–Fe oxides: performance and mineralization

Gelavizh Barzegar, Mohammad Sabaghan, Omid Azadbakht, Ehsan Aghayani, Mostafa Mahdavianpour, Abudukeremu Kadier, Saeid Fallahizadeh, Farshid Ghanbari

Water Science & Technology (1 March 2023) 87 (5): 1029–1042.




Applications of biochar in sulfate radical-based advanced oxidation processes for the removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Sourabh M. Badiger, P. V. Nidheesh

Water Science & Technology (15 March 2023) 87 (6): 1329–1348.




Thiabendazole degradation by photo-NaOCl/Fe and photo-Fenton like processes, using copper slag as an iron catalyst, in spiked synthetic and real secondary wastewater treatment plant effluents

Reyna García-Estrada, Sandra Arzate, Rosa-María Ramírez-Zamora

Water Science & Technology (1 February 2023) 87 (3): 620–634.




Visible light responsive Cu-N/TiO2 nanoparticles for the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A

Sukanya Krishnan, Ansaf V. Karim, Amritanshu Shriwastav

Water Science & Technology (15 September 2022) 86 (6): 1527–1539.




Electrochemical oxidation process on palm oil mill effluent waste activated sludge: optimization by response surface methodology

Branda Jian Tong Yap, Gan Chin Heng, Choon Aun Ng

Water Science & Technology (1 September 2022) 86 (5): 1122–1134.




Electron beam treatment for the removal of 1,4-dioxane in water and wastewater

Robert Pearce, Xi Li, John Vennekate, Gianluigi Ciovati, Charles Bott

Water Science & Technology (1 January 2023) 87 (1): 275–283.




Phthalate esters: occurrence, toxicity, bioremediation, and advanced oxidation processes

Madhu Kumari, Mrudula Pulimi

Water Science & Technology (1 May 2023) 87 (9): 2090–2115.




Adsorptive removal of pharmaceutically active compounds from multicomponent system using Azadirachta indica induced zinc oxide nanoparticles: analysis of competitive and cooperative adsorption

Nayanathara O. Sanjeev, Manjunath Singanodi Vallabha, Aswathy E Valsan

Water Science & Technology (1 January 2023) 87 (1): 284–303.




Floating immobilized TiO2 catalyst for the solar photocatalytic treatment of micro-pollutants within the secondary effluent of wastewater treatment plants

Simon Mehling, Tobias Schnabel, Manuel Dutschke, Jörg Londong

Water Science & Technology (1 March 2023) 87 (5): 1082–1095.




Extraction of iron from laterite soil and green synthesis of laterite nano iron catalyst (GLaNICs) for its application as Fenton's catalyst in the degradation of triclosan

Rashmishree K N, Bhaskar S, Shrihari S, Arun Kumar Thalla

Water Science & Technology (15 December 2022) 86 (12): 3195–3204.




Clindamycin removal from aqueous solution by non-thermal air plasma treatment: performance, degradation pathway and ensuing antimicrobial activity

Abbas Akbarzadeh, Hamid Reza Ghomi, Mohammad Rafiee, Omid Hosseini, Mahsa Jahangiri-rad

Water Science & Technology (15 November 2022) 86 (10): 2593–2610.




Sustainable replacement of EDTA–Biojarosite for commercial iron in the Fenton's and UV–Fenton's degradation of Rhowedamine B – a process optimization using Box–Behnken method

Bhaskar S, K. N. Rashmishree, B. Manu, M. Y. Sreenivasa

Water Science & Technology (15 October 2022) 86 (8): 2008–2019.




Electrocoagulation followed by sound agitation for removal of nitrogen and carbon-based pollutants from industrial wastewater

Nibedita Pani, Anantha Singh T. S., Poornima M. Menon, Shrestha Boruah, Bhavi Patel, Daya Shankar Kaul

Water Science & Technology (1 December 2022) 86 (11): 2861–2877.



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