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Edited by Jan Derco

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia


Municipal and industrial wastewaters contain a wide spectrum of pollutants. Their effective removal presents a challenge for water treatment technology. Biosorption of nutrients and pollutants has been used in sewage treatment since the discovery of the activated sludge process. It is a passive uptake process by which pollutants are adsorbed on the surface of cell walls and/or dissolved in structures of microorganism cells that are present in sludge. Sorbed pollutants remain in the sludge and can be potentially released back into the environment depending on their condition and the reversibility of the pollutant-sludge interaction. An overview of typical biosorption applications for the removal of nutrients, organic pollutants, and metals in wastewater treatment is provided in different areas of their use for the protection of aquatic ecosystems and human health. This book will be of interest to operators of wastewater treatment plants and sludge treatment and disposal facilities as well as to researchers and university students in the field of environmental engineering.

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BiosorptionEdited by Jan Derco

Published: July 18th 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68261

ISBN: 978-1-78923-473-2

Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-472-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83881-299-7

Copyright year: 2018

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13889 Total Chapter Downloads

78 Crossref Citations

53 Web of Science Citations

157 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Biosorption

By Ján Derco and Branislav Vrana


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2. Biosorption of Heavy Metals

By Saba Shamim


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3. Biosorption of Multicomponent Solutions: A State of the Art of the Understudy Case

By Filomena Costa and Teresa Tavares


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4. Application of Biosorption for Removal of Heavy Metals from Wastewater

By Sri Lakshmi Ramya Krishna Kanamarlapudi, Vinay Kumar Chintalpudi and Sudhamani Muddada


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5. Microbial-Based Bioremediation of Selenium and Tellurium Compounds

By Elena Piacenza, Alessandro Presentato, Emanuele Zonaro, Silvia Lampis, Giovanni Vallini and Raymond J. Turner


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