Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Smart Solutions for Wastewater: Road-mapping the Transition to Circular Economy

1st Edition - September 21, 2022

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  • Editors: Giorgio Mannina, Ashok Pandey, Ranjna Sirohi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999205
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323912891

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Smart Solutions for Wastewater: Road-mapping the Transition to Circular Economy, the latest release in the Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering presents up-to-date information on research and technological developments of resource recovery in wastewater treatment in terms of carbon, nutrients and energy. The book fulfils the gaps and current challenges that hinder the application of resource recovery facilities in wastewater treatment plants, discusses knowledge gaps, provides future research perspectives, and discusses strategies to solve problems from a circular economy perspective.  It is an excellent, interdisciplinary and updated overview of technologies in terms of potential yields, pollutants removal, nutrients recovery and energy production.

Key Features

  • Covers different aspects of resource recovery technologies and research gaps in wastewater treatment
  • Focuses on different MBR configurations and systems/hybrid systems in treating a large variety of wastewaters
  • Provides state-of-the-art technology developments, including technology, advantages and challenges as well as strategies to overcome limitations
  • Includes technologies for managing sewage sludge in order to foster solutions for recovering in a circular economy context


PG/PhD students and educators, professional course students, researchers. Policy Makers, Regulators, Water Management Practitioners, wastewater treatment professionals

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Sewage sludge from wastewater in a circular economy prospect
    3. Polyhydroxyalkanoates production from wastewater organic carbon
    4. Production of volatile fatty acids from sewage sludge fermentation
    5. Zeolite for the recovery of nutrients from treated wastewater
    6. Selecting bulking agent for Sewage sludge composting
    7. Advances in technologies for sewage sludge management
    8. Energy and valuable product recovery through anaerobic digestion processes
    9. Life cycle assessment as a tool for resource recovery facilities in wastewater sector
    10. Water reuse in the frame of circular economy: bottleneck, barriers and technological issues
    11. Drivers and barriers to wider uptake of water smart solutions
    12. Advances in environmental bioprocess technology for an effective transition to a green circular economy
    13. Advanced technologies for a smart and integrated control of odour emissions from wastewater treatment plant
    14. Microbial biotechnology diverts wastewater treatment to circular economy
    15. Biological nutrients recovery from wastewater for circular economy
    16. Towards circular economy implementation: the role of stakeholders engagement

Product details

  • No. of pages: 454
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: September 21, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999205
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323912891

About the Editors

Giorgio Mannina

Dr Giorgio Mannina is Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Engineering Department of Palermo University – Italy. His research interest and focus is on: resource recovery from wastewater, advanced wastewater treatments (MBR, MBBR, hybrid processes, IFAS, Granular systems etc..), BNR processes, mathematical modelling, water quality issues related to integrated urban drainage systems. He is authors of more than 350 papers of which >100 on ISI Journals. He has been invited to give several plenary/keynotes and invited talks, seminars and lecturers in the international conferences as well as the universities/research institutions. He is Editor of several books edited by Elsevier, IWA, Springer on advanced wastewater treatment, Membrane bioreactors- MBRs, mathematical modelling and frontiers in urban drainage. He is Editor/Associate Editors/Host Editors of multiple ISI Journals: Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Environmental Management, Water Science and Technology, Water Supply, Environmental Engineering etc. He is Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Task Group on Membrane Bioreactor modelling and control and Member of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group "Membrane Technology". Prof. Mannina is Fulbright research Fellow at Columbia University. He is/has been Chair of International Conferences, International seminars and Advanced course supported by IWA

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Department of Civil, Environmental, Aerospace, and Materials Engineering, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey
Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~1425 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 90 books, >700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 105 and ~48,800 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2020, 2019 & 2018); Top scientist in Biotechnology (#1 in India and #8 in the world), Stanford University world ranking (2020); Fellow, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (2020); Fellow, Indian Chemical Society (2020); Distinguished Scientist, VDGOOD Professional Association, India (2020); Distinguished Professor of Eminence with global impact in the area of Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Nigeria (2020); IconSWM Life-time Achievement Award 2019, International Society for Solid Waste Management, KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, India (2019); Yonsei Outstanding Scholar, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2019); Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018), Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Fellow, Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); Felow, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2015); Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Fellow, Association of Microbiologists of India (2008); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Fellow, International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); Fellow, the Biotech Research Society, India (2005); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (, Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (, Journal of Systems Microbiology and Biomanufacturing (, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (, Subject Editor, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India ( and Associate Editor, Biologia – Section Cellular and Molecular Biology ( and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Scientist, Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

Ranjna Sirohi

Dr. Ranjna Sirohi is currently working as Research Professor in Korea University, Seoul. She obtained B.Tech. degree in Biochemical Engineering and M.Tech. degree in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Food Biotechnology Engineering. She has worked as Visiting Researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, as Scientist at Centre for Energy and Environment Sustainability, Lucknow and as Senior Project Associate at CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Process and Food Engineering from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Her major research interests are in the field of Bioprocess Technology - Food & Food Waste Valorisation-Waste to Wealth – Biofuels. She has 65 publications/communications that include 32 research and review papers, 12 book chapters, 7 popular articles and 14 conference proceedings. Dr Sirohi has won several awards and honors that include Research Excellent Award in the international conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology, Trivandrum, India (2019), Best Poster award in 8th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing (IBA-IFIBiop 2019), Miri; Sarawak, Malaysia (2019) and Research Excellence Award in International Conference on Bio-Innovation for Environmental and Health Sustainable Developments (BEHSD-2018), Lucknow, India (2018). She is the Life member of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE); the Biotech Research Society, India (BRSI); Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) and Association of Food Scientists & Technologists, India (AFSTI).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

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