Development in Wastewater Treatment Research and Processes

Development in Wastewater Treatment Research and Processes

Bioelectrochemical Systems for Wastewater Management

1st Edition - October 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Maulin Shah, Susana Rodriguez-Couto, Ashok Kumar, Achlesh Daverey
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323885058

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Industrial wastewater contains a large variety of compounds, such as hazardous organic pollutants, heavy metals, salts and nutrients, which makes its treatment challenging. On the other hand, the sewage treatment with existing technologies is not cost-effective due to high energy demand and contributes to greenhouse gas emission. Thus, the use of conventional water treatment methods is neither sustainable nor always effective. In this sense, BESs has emerged as a promising technology to treat complex industrial wastewater with a sustainable manner. Development in Wastewater Treatment Research and Processes: Bioelectrochemical Systems for Wastewater Management analyses and discusses the potential of microbial and electrochemical based hybrid processes for the treatment of complex industrial wastewater along with the recovery of valuable compounds and water reutilization. The most significant advantages of BES are high effectiveness, low toxicity, gentle operation conditions, environmentally friendly treatment without sludge accumulation and energy conservation. Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) are emerging as an exciting platform to convert chemical energy of organic wastes into electricity or hydrogen or value-added chemical commodities. In addition, recent and future trends in BES are highlighted.

Key Features

  • Discusses the fundamentals of biological wastewater treatment and bio-electrochemical systems, advantages, limitations and promising solutions of different types of energy recovery options from wastewater
  • Presents the recent trends and developments in BES for achieving the sustainable wastewater treatment
  • Covers the applications of BES and BES-based hybrid treatment technologies for wastewater treatment
  • Includes carbon capture and resource recovery other than energy from wastewater using BES systems
  • Addresses the challenges in the full-scale implementation of BES in existing and new wastewater treatment plants


Bioengineers, environmental scientists, chemists in academia and corporate research. Different professionals, managers working or interested in the Water treatment

Table of Contents

  • 1. Microbes and wastewater treatment
    2. Energy recovery from wastewater treatment
    3. Bioelectrochemical systems: Basic concepts and Types
    4. Sewage treatment and energy recovery by BES
    5. Industrial effluents and energy recovery by BES
    6. MFC coupled with algal technology – A hydrid system for wastewater based biorefinery
    7. Algal-MFC for carbon capture and energy recovery
    8. Microbial carbon capture cell: Carbon capture, energy recovery and wastewater treatment
    9. Constructed wetland-BES - A hybrid system for wastewater treatment
    10. MBR-BES – A hybrid system for wastewater treatment and energy recovery
    11. BES-Anaerobic digestion - A hybrid system for industrial effluent treatment and energy recovery
    12. Current status of wastewater in India/other countries /regions
    13. Challenges in scale-up of MES for Wastewater treatment
    14. Implementation of MES in existing wastewater treatment plant: Challenges in retrofitting
    15. Development of low-cost membranes for BES
    16. Development of Low-cost electrodes for BES
    17. Microbial Desalination Cell
    18. Nanotechnology in BES

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: October 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323885058

About the Editors

Maulin Shah

Dr. Maulin P. Shah is Chief Scientist and Head of the Industrial Waste Water Research Lab, Division of Applied and Environmental Microbiology Lab at Enviro Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India. His work focuses on the impact of industrial pollution on the microbial diversity of wastewater following cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent analysis. His major work involves isolation, screening, identification, and genetically engineering high-impact microbes for the degradation of hazardous materials. His research interests include biological wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, biodegradation, bioremediation, and phytoremediation of environmental pollutants from industrial wastewaters. He has published more than 250 research papers in national and international journals of repute on various aspects of microbial biodegradation and bioremediation of environmental pollutants. He is the editor of more than 50 books of international repute (Elsevier, Springer, RSC, and CRC Press). He is an active editorial board member in top-rated journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Industrial Waste Water Research Laboratory, Division of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Gujarat, India

Susana Rodriguez-Couto

Susana Rodríguez-Couto (female) got her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry) from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1999 from the University of Vigo, obtaining the maximal grade (magna cum laude) and, in addition, she was awarded with the Extraordinary Prize for Doctoral Thesis in Chemistry. She worked as an Associate Professor and an Isidro Parga Pondal Senior Researcher at the University of Vigo (2000-2004), as a Ramón y Cajal Senior Researcher at Rovira i Virgili University (2004-2008) and as an Ikerbasque Research Professor (2009-2019). She has also worked as an Invited Researcher at the Institute from Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology (Austria) and at the Department of Biological Engineering, University of Minho (Portugal). In 2008, she received the I3 Professor from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education to the recognition of an outstanding research activity. In March 2021 she is joining LUT School of Engineering Science at Mikkeli, Finland, as a Full Professor in biological water treatment. She has published more than 140 articles in highly reputed international journals (h index 42). She is editor of several journals (3Biotech, Frontiers) and 14 Elsevier books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor (Biological Water Treatment), Department of Separation Science, LUT School of Engineering Science, LUT University, Finland

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, at Jaypee University of Information Technology, India. His research interests are microbial biotechnology, biocatalysis, biopolymers, enzyme immobilization, bioenergy, and CO2 conversion.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan Himachal Pradesh, India

Achlesh Daverey

Dr. Achlesh Daverey is working as an Assistant Professor in School of Environment and Natural Resources at Doon University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. He has completed his M. Tech. in Bioprocess Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai, India in 2006 and Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), Assam, India in 2011. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan before joining Doon University. He is serving as Editorial Board Member of SN Applied Sciences (Springer) and Review Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers in Environmental Science and Frontiers in Microbiology journals. His area of research includes biological wastewater treatment, anammox, phytoremediation of contaminated soil and water, waste valorization, and bioprocess design and optimization. Dr. Daverey has published 32 research papers in various internationally reputed journals and contributed 7 chapters in edited books (published by Elsevier, Springer, McGraw-Hill, American Society for Civil Engineers).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Doon University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Inda

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