New Trends in Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewater

New Trends in Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewater

1st Edition - April 23, 2021

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  • Editors: Maulin Shah, Susana Rodriguez-Couto, Vineet Kumar
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231081
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229651

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New Trends in Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Wastewater covers the applicable technologies relating to the removal of heavy metals from wastewater and new and emerging trends in the field, both at the laboratory and industrial scale. Sections explore new environmentally friendly technologies, the principles of sustainable development, the main factors contributing to heavy metal removal from wastewater, methods and procedures, materials (especially low-cost materials originated from industrial and agricultural waste), management of wastewater containing heavy metals and wastewater valorization, recycling, environmental impact, and wastewater policies for post heavy metal removal. This book is an advanced and updated vision of existing heavy metal removal technologies with their limitations and challenges and their potential application to remove heavy metals/environmental pollutants through advancements in bioremediation. Finally, sections also cover new trends and advances in environmental bioremediation with recent developments in this field by an application of chemical/biochemical and environmental biotechnology.

Key Features

  • Outlines the fate and occurrence of heavy metals in Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) and potential approaches for their removal
  • Describes the techniques currently available for removing heavy metals from wastewater
  • Discusses the emerging technologies in heavy metal removal
  • Covers biological treatments to remove heavy metals
  • Includes the valorization of heavy metal containing wastewater


Engineers, scientists who require an excellent introduction and basic knowledge to the principles of Environmental Bioremediation Technologies. Different professionals, mangers working or interested in the Environmental Microbiology or Bioremediation field

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Types of heavy metals and their effect in wastewater
    3. Current physico-chemical treatment technologies available for remediation of different types of heavy metals from wastewater
    4. Biological wastewater treatment technology; advancement and drawbacks for the remediation of heavy metals
    5. Hurdles in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) performance optimization for the remediation of heavy metals
    6. Role of bacteria and algae in remediation of heavy metals from WWTPs
    7. Modified and new adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater
    8. Removal of heavy metals using bentonite clay and inorganic coagulants
    9. Sustainable heavy metal remediation
    10. Efficient techniques for the removal of toxic heavy metals from wastewater
    11. Full-Scale implementation of a vertical membrane bioreactor for remediation of heavy metals from wastewater
    12. Low-cost adsorbents, techniques and heavy metal removal efficiency
    13. Removal of heavy metals from mine waters by natural zeolites
    14. Functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for heavy metal removal from aqueous solutions: kinetics and equilibrium modelling
    15. Heavy metals in water: presence, removal and safety
    16. Mechanisms of heavy metal removal using microorganisms as biosorbents
    17. Heavy metal removal by bioaccumulation using genetically engineered microorganisms
    18. Genetic engineering of Escherichia coli for enhanced uptake and bioaccumulation of mercury
    19. New trends in removing heavy metals from industrial wastewater
    20. The construction of an engineered bacterium to remove cadmium from wastewater
    21. Genetic engineering of bacteria and their potential for heavy metal bioremediation
    22. Biosorption and bioaccumulation - the prospects for practical applications
    23. Batch and continuous removal of heavy metals from industrial effluents using microbial consortia

Product details

  • No. of pages: 748
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: April 23, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231081
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229651

About the Editors

Maulin Shah

Dr. Maulin P. Shah is a microbiologist with a wide range of research interests. Under his supervision, a group of research scholars is working on Applied Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioremediation, and Industrial Liquid Waste Management, as well as solid state fermentation. His primary research interest includes the environment, the quality of our living resources, and how bacteria can aid in the management and degradation of toxic wastes and the restoration of environmental health

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Environmental Microbiology Lab, 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

Vineet Kumar

Vineet Kumar is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (GGV), Bilaspur, India and teaches Environmental Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology at the same Institution. Before his joining, he worked as Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator at the Vinayak Vidyapeeth, Meerut, India. Kumar received M.Sc. and M.Phil. degree in Microbiology from Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from Babasaheb Bhimaro Ambedkar (A Central) University, Lucknow, India and later worked at the Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow, India as a Guest Faculty. He was a Senior Researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India and worked on biodiesel production from oleaginous microbes and industrial sludge. He awarded a Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship by the University Grants Commission, India to support his doctoral work on “Distillery Wastewater Treatment” in 2012. His research interests include Bioremediation, Phytoremediation, Metagenomics, Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Monitoring, and Bioenergy and Biofuel Production. Currently, his research mainly focuses on the development of integrated and sustainable methods that can help in minimizing or eliminating hazardous substances in the environment. He is the author of numerous research/review articles published in international peer-reviewed journals from Springer Nature, Frontiers, and Elsevier on the different aspects of bioremediation, phytoremediation, and metagenomics of industrial waste polluted sites. In addition, he has published 10 Books on Phytoremediation and Bioremediation from CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), and Elsevier Inc., USA. His recently published books are ‘Recent Advances in Distillery Waste Management for Environmental Safety’ (From CRC Press; Taylor & Francis Group, USA), and ‘New Trends In Removal Of Heavy Metals From Industrial Wastewater’ (From Elsevier Inc. USA), Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants: Recent Advances and Challenges (from CRC Press; Taylor & Francis Group, USA). He is also a reviewer for many other international journals. He is an active member of numerous scientific societies and has served on the editorial board of the journal Current Research in Wastewater Management. As part of his interest in teaching biology, he is founder of the Society for Green Environment, India (website: He can be reached at;

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Environmental Microbiology (DEM), Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow, India

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