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Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128195949, 9780128213094

Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

1st Edition

Emerging Organic Micro-pollutants

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Editors: Sunita Varjani Ashok Pandey R. Tyagi Huu Hao Ngo Christian Larroche
Paperback ISBN: 9780128195949
eBook ISBN: 9780128213094
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 19th February 2020
Page Count: 586
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Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Emerging Organic Micropollutants summarizes the current knowledge of emerging organic micropollutants in wastewater and the possibilities of their removal/elimination. This book attempts a thorough and exhaustive discussion on ongoing research and future perspectives on advanced treatment methods and future directions to maintain and protect the environment through microbiological, nanotechnological, application of membrane technology, molecular biological and by policymaking means.

In addition, the book includes the latest developments in biotechnology and bioengineering pertaining to various aspects in the field of emerging organic micropollutants, including their sources, health effects and environmental impacts.

Key Features

  • Includes testing methods for the analysis and characterization of emerging organic micropollutants in wastewater
  • Discusses the environmental impact and health hazards of emerging organic micropollutants in wastewater
  • Provides a useful guide to identify priority areas of research demand in the remediation/removal of emerging organic micropollutants


Wastewater treatment professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, research and development establishments, chemical and bio-industries and professionals in pharmaceutical industries, health sectors and hospitals to understand the importance of waste release and its impacts on environment and health

Table of Contents

1. Sustainable management and treatment technologies for micropollutants in wastewater
2. Occurrence and human health risk of micropollutants - A special focus on endocrine disruptors
3. Micro pollutants in surface water: Impacts on aquatic environment and treatment technologies
4. Methods for the analysis of micropollutants
5. Constructed wetlands for the removal of organic micropollutants
6. Multi-barrier approach for the removal of organic micropollutants
7. Heterogeneous photo catalysis for the removal of pharmaceutical compounds
8. Biotransformation of organic micropollutants in biological wastewater
9. Modeling of organic micro pollutant degradation kinetics
10. Membrane bioreactors for the removal of micropollutants
11. Membrane distillation for the removal of micropollutants
12. Removal of organic micropollutants by membrane filtration
13. Advanced oxidation processes for the removal of pesticides
14. Retention of organic micropollutants by sorption Processes
15. Removal of organic micropollutants using filamentous fungi
16. Removal of organic micropollutants by anaerobic microbes and enzymes
17. Degradation of organic micropollutants by ultraviolet radiation
18. Removal of emerging micropollutants from pharmaceutical industry wastewater
19. Ecotoxicological effects of organic micropollutants on environment
20. Removal of contaminants of emerging concern by microalgae-based wastewater treatments and related analytical techniques
21. Nanofiltration and reverse osmosis processes for the removal of micropollutants


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About the Editor

Sunita Varjani

Dr. Sunita Varjani is Scientific Officer at Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Her major areas of research are Industrial and Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology. She has worked as visiting scientist at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Varjani has authored more than 110 publications, including research and review papers, books and book chapters. She has won several awards, including Young Scientist Awards from Association of Microbiologists of India, International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and AFRO-ASIAN Congress on Microbes for Human and Environmental Health, New Delhi; Top Reviewer Award - 2017, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier and Best Paper Awards in national and international conferences in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2018. She is member of editorial board of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability and has served as guest editor of special issues of Bioresource Technology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, ASCE- Journal of Environmental Engineering and others. She is Management Council Member of the BRSI (

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientific Officer, Gujarat Pollution Control Board

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey

Prof. 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. 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, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, etc and also in several universities several in India. He has ~ 1300 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 83 books, ~ 700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 93 and > 38,000 citations (Goggle scholar). Professor Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

R. Tyagi

Prof. R. D. Tyagi is an internationally recognized Professor of Biochemical Engineering and biotransformation with ‘Institut national de la recherché Scientifique - Eau, terre, et environnement’, (INRS-ETE), University of Québec, Canada. He also holds Adjunct Professor position at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. Prof Tyagi has published over 600 papers/communications, which include 21 books, 75 book chapters, 10 research reports, nine patents, etc. He is Associate Editor of ‘‘Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste Management- Am.Soc.Civil Engineering’’ and serves on the editorial board of Process Biochemistry and Bioresource Technology. He has been recognised by many national and international awards and honours. He is member of ‘‘European Academy of Sciences and Arts’’. He conducts research on hazardous/solids waste management, water/wastewater treatment, and wastewater sludge treatment/disposal, bioconversion of wastewater and wastewater sludge into value added products.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biochemical Engineering and Biotransformation, Institut national de la recherché scientifique – Eau, terre, et environnement (INRS-ETE), University of Québec, Canada

Huu Hao Ngo

Prof. Huu Hao Ngo is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, Co-Director of Joint Research Centre for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney. Ngo is internationally well-known for his activities in the areas of advanced biological waste treatment technologies and membrane technologies. His expertise and practical experience also covers the areas of water and wastewater quality monitoring and management, water and wastewater treatment reuse technology and assessment, desalination, and solid waste management. Currently, his activities focuses more on the development of specific green bioprocessing technologies: resource recovery, water-waste-bioenergy nexus and greenhouse gas emission control. Ngo has published more than 500 technical papers and a number of patents while receiving several highly recognized honors/awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Environmental Engineering and Deputy Director, Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Christian Larroche

Prof. Christian Larroche is Director of Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, a graduate school of engineering of University Clermont-Auvergne, France. He is also member of the research laboratory Institut Pascal and of the laboratory of excellence ImobS3 at the same university. He has strong research skills and expertise in the area of applied microbiology and biochemical engineering. He is author of 220 documents, including 114 articles, three patents, 15 book chapters and 24 co-editions of books or journal special issues. He is member of French Society for Process Engineering (SFGP), French Society of Biotechnology and European Federation of Chemical Engineering. He is administrator of IBA-IFIBiop and editor of Bioresource Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Laboratory, Institute Pascal, University Clermont Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France

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