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Applications of Biochar for Environmental Safety

Ahmed Abdelhafez

New Valley University

Co-editor:

Mohamed Abbas

Banha University

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Biochar Agricultural Wastes Pyrolysis Soil Fertility Nutrient Use Efficiency Greenhouse Gasses Organic Matter Composting Organic Contaminants Heavy metals Bioavailability Plant Uptake

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Biochar is a carbon-rich material produced when biomass, e.g., wood, manure or leaves is burned at a relatively low temperature < 700 ºC in a zero or low oxygen condition. Biochar has received great interest during the last few years, due to its beneficial role to mitigate CO2 emission and to improve soil quality. In addition, biochar has proven to be a suitable tool for remediating Potentially Toxic Metals (PTMs) contaminated soils and water. However, some studies showed that biochar may alter the availability of some heavy metals, i.e., As, Cu and Cr in contaminated soils. Therefore, intensive studies are needed to investigate the effect of biochar on the availability of heavy metals in single and multi-contaminated soils. This study will focus on the historical view of biochar production and applications. Its beneficial role for soil fertility improvement. In addition the use of biochar for decontaminating water and soils from organic and inorganic contaminants. The major effects of biochar for heavy metals bioavilability will be a matter of concern. In addition, we will highlight the feasibility of using biochar in combination with phytoremediation and soil washing technologies; consequently, more remediation efficiency can be targeted. These are all important topics that we will seek to cover in the book.

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Date completed: January 22nd 2020

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Deadline for chapter proposals: February 12th 2020

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Expected publication date: August 30th 2020

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Ahmed Abdelhafez

New Valley University

Ahmed Azizeldein Abubaker Abdelhafez is working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Soils and Water, Faculty of Agriculture, the New Valley University, Egypt. Previously, he has been working as a researcher at the Department of Environmental Studies, Soils, Water and Environment Research Institute (SWERI) - Agriculture Research Center (ARC), Egypt. In addition, he worked as a researcher at Kangwon National University, South Korea for two years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Degree in soil and water studies from Cairo University, Egypt. Thereafter, he received his Master's degree in the field of environmental science from Benha University, Egypt. He then completed his PhD. study at Tongji University in the year of 2014. In addition, he is serving as a reviewer for several international journals, i.e., Chemosphere, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Science of the Total Environment, etc. He has a good international network because he has participated in many international conferences. His current focus is on the production of biochar and its role in enhancing soil fertility and remediation of contaminated soils and water. He published several research papers in international journals and two book chapters; one of them was dealing with biochar production and its role in soil fertility improvement and remediation technologies of contaminated soils and waters.

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