Surfactants-based remediation as an effective approach for removal of environmental pollutants - a review

Rasheed, T., Shafi, S., Bilal, M., Hussain, T., Sher, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-2890-5912 and Rizwan, K., 2020. Surfactants-based remediation as an effective approach for removal of environmental pollutants - a review. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 318: 113960. ISSN 0167-7322

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Deterioration of environmental quality and equilibrium by rampant industrial expansion, accelerated urbanization and unchecked population growth has become a high-priority concern. The release of an alarming number of toxic polluting agents such as volatile organic compounds, dyes, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, industrial wastes, and personal care products due to natural or anthropogenic activities pose direct adverse effects on human health and living entities. This issue is inescapably increased because of the lack of efficient technologies for the proper disposal, management, and recycling of waste. It is of paramount importance to track alternative solutions to address these pollution problems for an eco-sustainable environment. Conventional remediation techniques are either inefficient, cumbersome or restricted due to certain techno-economic limitations. Environmental compatibility and high pollutant-removal efficacy make surfactants valuable for removal of organic pollutants and toxic heavy metal ions from different mediums. In this review, we present recent and up-to-date information on micelles/surfactants-assisted abatement of a vast number of toxic agents of emerging concern from water/wastewater including volatile organic compounds, personal care products, pharmaceutically active residues, toxic metals, dye pollutants, pesticides, and petroleum hydrocarbons. Based on the literature survey, it can be concluded that micelles-assisted water and soil treatment technology can have a better future on large-scale decontamination of wastewater. Though bio-surfactants are environmentally friendlier matrices and have successfully been employed for environmental decontamination; their large-scale applicability is challenging owing to high costs. Additional research efforts on the development and employment of novel bio-surfactants might render wastewater treatment technology greener, smarter and economical.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Molecular Liquids
Creators: Rasheed, T., Shafi, S., Bilal, M., Hussain, T., Sher, F. and Rizwan, K.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: November 2020
Volume: 318
ISSN: 0167-7322
S0167732220328002Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 27 Jul 2022 09:07
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 09:07

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