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Special Issue: Advanced & Innovative approach of Biofiltration in Wastewater Treatment Plants for the sustainable environment (ABWTSE)

Submissions Deadline: October 31st, 2021

Advanced & Innovative approach of Biofiltration in Wastewater Treatment Plants for the sustainable environment (ABWTSE)

The ever-increasing number of pollutants discharged into the environment drives the search for new treatment technologies or the modification of the existing ones. In this sense, innovation in biofiltration systems seems very promising and therefore, a special issue on the current advances and innovations on this topic is highly appropriate. Biofiltration is a relatively emerging new technology applied to the treatment of wastewater and other toxic compounds. In the last two decades, this technology has begun to emerge as an economically viable process to treat the great variety of recalcitrant pollutants discharged into the environment. Physico-chemical and operational factors influence performance, treatment costs, and long-term stability of biofilters for the treatment of wastewater. This special issue focuses on identifying factors that affect biofiltration, explains their influence and provides guidelines on how to control these factors to optimize better operation with respect to pollutant control present in the wastewater treatment plants. The fundamental basis of treatment in biofilters is the action of pollutant-degrading microorganisms and consequently the special issue also discusses in depth about the microbial and kinetic aspects of biofiltration and insight into bioengineering based studies associated with Biofiltration. This special issue aims to present original research and review article on advanced & innovative approach of Biofiltration in wastewater treatment plants with special emphasis on the bioengineering aspects.  These modern biofiltration technologies can provide effective solutions to overcome the serious problem of water pollution worldwide and help in creating sustainable environment. 

Areas of interest include:

1.     Abatement Techniques

2.     Research Status of Biofiltration

3.     Microbiological and kinetic aspects of biofilter

4.     Microbial ecology/Microbial community analysis of biofilter

5.     Understanding the bio-mechanisms of Biofiltration approach

6.     Study on biofilter medium and its process optimization 

7.     Evaluation of different Performance Parameters of Biofiltration process

8.     Factors influencing efficiency of biofilter operations

9.     Role of Biofilters for the removal of VOCs and Heavy Metals

10.  Bioprocess engineering-based studies for design and evaluation of open biofilters for the treatment of emerging contaminants

11.  Analysis of Product Streams in Biofilter Columns and evaluation of Biofiltration efficiency

12.  Applications of Biofiltration in large scale wastewater treatment

13.  Sequencing Biofiltration-A novel approach for wastewater treatment plant

14.  Insight into advanced Biofiltration technologies

Deadline: 31 Oct. 2021

Editorial information

Guest Editors:

1-      Dr. Maulin P Shah (Managing Guest Editor) ([email protected]), Environmental Technology Limited, India

2-      Prof. Susana Rodriguez Couto ([email protected]), Department of Separation Science, LUT School of Engineering Science, LUT University, Sammonkatu 12, FI-50130 Mikkeli, FINLAND

3-      Prof. Pradeep Verma ([email protected])-Department of Microbiology, Bioprocess and Bioenergy Laboratory Central University of Rajasthan Bandarsindri, Kishangarh Ajmer- 305817, Rajasthan

4-      Prof. Mu. Naushad ([email protected]), Chemistry Department, College of Sciences, King Saud University, KSA

Special Issue on Advances in Genetic Engineering Strategies in Biomedical Laboratorial Investigation and Clinical Practice (ICBB 2021)

Submissions Deadline: December 15th, 2021

Genetic engineering is to describe the process of using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism. By directly manipulating of one or more genes, a desired phenotype will be given to an engineered organism, that range from bacterial cells to yeast, to plants and animals.

Purposeful manipulation of Genomes is something that repetitively engineer in laboratorial investigation, with the vigorous development in life science, genetic engineering has many applications covers from basic research to clinical practice, including the manufacturing of cytokines and drugs, creation of model animals that mimic human conditions, gene therapy and artificial life, etc. Next generation sequencing (NGS) combined that with optimized gene chip, help to contribute the integrated modern system for biomarker discovery, disease prediction, diagnosis and prolong healthcare. Clinically, compared with the traditional pharmaceutical therapy, genetic engineering medicine has its particular advantages, these biomaterial devices designed and synthesized with antibiotics, drugs or promising compounds as gene switches to "start" the genetic circuit and to participate in cellular metabolism. Recent years, the novel genetic editing technologies in an unexpected speed push the limit in cellular organelles and substantial metabolic process, with more intelligent empowered tools, this era for life science is facing more challenges and opportunities after we injected the first recombinant DNA into the host cell. The Genetic engineering-based strategies is leading the translation from biomedical laboratorial investigation and clinical practice.

Therefore, the development of genetic engineering is of great significance to the development of modern basic and clinical medicine. The purpose of this special issue in the Bioengineered is to promote outstanding researches concerning all aspects in the realm of genetic engineering, focusing on state-of-the-art progresses, developments and new trends.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Genetic engineering tools in RNA and RNA editing
  • Genome editing optimization and protocols improvement
  • Next generation sequencing and novel genome sequencing methods
  • Technology innovation and optimization of gene therapy
  • Transgene animal models and sustainable cell line
  • Synthetic genetic switches
  • Synthesis of specific biological substances
  • Genetic engineering-based Vaccine preparation
  • Gene expression profile and transcription pattern in diseases.

Submission Deadline: Dec. 15th 2021

Guest Editors:

Prof. Abrar Hussain


Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences

Department Biotechnology and Informatics, Pakistan

Email: [email protected] & [email protected]


Assistant Professor

Faculty of Chemistry and Material Science

Hubei University, Wuhan, China

Email: [email protected]

Special Issue Of Bioengineered For SWTM-21-2021: Biowaste recycling and Sustainable Utilization towards Cleaner Disposal

Submissions Deadline: December 31st, 2021

The participants in International Conference on Sustainable Waste Treatment and Management (SWTM-2021) are invited to submit their original research or review articles to Bioengineered. The manuscripts will go through a rigorous review process before being published as open access articles.

This virtual special issue is dedicated to Bioengineered tools to develop new opportunities, novel research contributions on innovative approaches to assessing pollution associated with various forms of biowaste from agriculture, forestry, and food processing/catering industry, including hazard identification and sustainable strategies for mitigation, utilization and disposal. In addition, special issue will incorporate research and review articles on exploring the biowaste recycling through various biorefineries approaches and organic waste management technologies and systems for resource (e.g., biofuels, materials and energy) recovery and their economic and environmental impacts on our society from local and global perspectives.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New bioengineering technologies and principles of biowaste
  • Techno-economic (e.g., cost-benefit analysis) and environmental sustainability (life-cycle assessment) of biowaste
  • Bioprocesses of organic resources and circular bio-economy
  • Advanced system models and designs for sustainable organic solid waste management
  • Sustainable role of solid waste treatment and management to reduce environmental toxicity
  • Bioremediation, biodegradation, and bioaccumulation
  • Biorefinery of biowaste
  • Cellular, Molecular and  Genetic Engineering
  • Fate of biological pollutants in the environment
  • Strategies for sustainable handing, cleaner disposal, or value-added utilization of the biowaste
  • Effective remediation and removal of emerging pollutants from sites contaminated with the biowaste.
  • Application of novel materials in cleaner disposal or effective utilization of the biowaste.
  • Biowaste valorization for a sportive material and a catalyst
  • Green and sustainable chemistry in biowaste-to-energy


Date of submission close: December 31st, 2021

Guest Editors:

1.     Dr. Sunita Varjani (Lead Guest editor)

Affiliation: Gujarat Pollution Control Board,

Gandhinagar - 382010, Gujarat, India

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Sunita Varjani is Scientific Officer at Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Her major areas of research are Industrial and Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology, Bioprocess Technology and Waste Management.  She has worked as visiting scientist at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Varjani has authored more than 225 publications, including research and review papers, books, book chapters and conference communications. She has won several awards, including Young Scientist Awards from Biotech Research Society, India (2018), Microbiologist’s Society India (2018-19), Association of Microbiologists of India (2018), International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2018) and AFRO-ASIAN Congress on Microbes for Human and Environmental Health, New Delhi (2014); Highly Cited and Highly downloaded papers, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier; Top Reviewer Award - 2018, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier; Top Reviewer Award - 2017, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier and Best Paper Awards in national and international conferences in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2018 and 2019. She is associate editor for Bioresource Technology journal. She is member of editorial board of Bioengineered journal, Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, Biotech express and has served as guest editor of special issues of of Bioresource Technology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, ASCE- Journal of Environmental Engineering, Bioengineered, Industrial Crops and Products, Journal of Experimental Biology. She is Management Council Member of the BRSI and Executive Committee Member of International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

2.     Dr. Ronghua Li

Affiliation: College of Natural Resources and Environment,

Northwest A&F University, Yangling,

Shaanxi Province 712100, PR China

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Ronghua Li is an associate professor at Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, China. Dr. Li’s research focuses on biochar and its effect on ecosystems, remediation of contaminated soils, and beneficial use of residual biomass and compost. His research interests focus on these areas: (1) Thermal transformation of bio-wastes /bio-materials into carbon-based composites for contaminated water/ soil remediation. (2) Biological transformation of bio-wastes /bio-materials into high-value green compost for agriculture use and degenerated soil restoration. (3) Investigate the environmental and geological interaction between contaminants and environmental media such as natural clay and artificial nano particulate. In the above research fields, working with graduate students and collaborators, Dr. Li awarded 5 patents and published over 30 research papers in SCI journals, including 5 ESI 1% Highly Cited Papers within the recent 8 years. Till now, he had taken part in or worked as the presenter for more than 15 grants in organic waste management and utilization.

3.     Dr. Reeta Rani Singhania

Affiliation: National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Reeta Rani Singhania is currently Research Professor at ‘National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan’. She worked at CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum for PhD studies and obtained the degree in Biotechnology in 2011. During 2011-2012, she worked as post-doctoral fellow at University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France and 2012-2017 at DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Faridabad as “DBT-Bioscience Energy Overseas Fellow”. Subsequently, she joined the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, India and worked as Chief Scientist during 2018-2020. Her major research interests are in Microbial & Enzyme Technology and Bioprocess Technology, with current focus on biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. She has 9 patents, edited three books and published more than 100 papers, book chapters and conference communications with more than 6000 citations and h index of 29 (Google scholar). She is the recipient of DBT-Bioscience Energy Overseas fellowship in  2013, IFIBiop Young Scientist award in 2012, AU-CBT Excellence award of BRSI in 2008, Elsevier Best Paper award in 2007 and Most Cited Paper award from BITE, Elsevier for the year 2015. She has served as Guest Editor of various international journals for special issues and is an editorial board member of Bioresource Technology, Biofuel Research Journal and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability. She is the Editor of Bioresource Technology Reports and Associate Editor of Heliyon Energy.

4.     Dr. Quan Wang

Affiliation: College of Natural Resources and Environment,

Northwest A&F University, Yangling,

Shaanxi Province 712100, PR China

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor for Environmental Science and Engineering at the College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science and Engineering with excellent and honor grade from Northwest A&F University in 2018. He then worked as visiting scholar in Prof. J.W.C Wong’ lab in Hong Kong Baptist University. Since he joined Northwest A&F University in June 2018, his research has highly focused on organic waste management topics on applied exogenous additive to understand and address environmental sustainability issues. Dr. Wang has been working as a PI or co-PI on a number of research projects with a total project value of around 1 million RMB. He has published over 80 journal papers and book chapters (as of February 2021). Dr. Wang’ works have been cited more than 2000 times with h-index= 23(RG). In 2020, Dr Wang was selected as one of Shaanxi Provincial Association for Science and Technology Young Talents.

5.     Dr. Junting Pan

Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Non-point Source Pollution of Ministry of Agricultural and Rural

Affairs, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy

of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, 100081, China

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Junting Pan currently works for institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IARRP, CAAS). His research focus on agricultural waste treatment and non-point source pollution control, using ecosystem designs for manures, straws, rural wastewater, and field runoff water treatment. He is experienced in organic waste management and familiar with environmental laws, standards and policies. He has incorporated engineering science with gender analysis and social impact assessment tools to find sustainable solutions at watershed scales. His research interests focus on anaerobic digestion and aerobic composting, especially using different kinds of materials to enhance anaerobic digestion, get more energy recovery, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during aerobic composting. He designs different kinds of anaerobic digesters, compost devices for manure management. He also does some extensions to help farmers do a cleaner production. He published 20~high quality articles, 10~ patents and was invited to give presentation for more than 20 conferences. He has won a lot prizes include excellent paper award from China Biogas Society (2013, 2014), Excellent Postdoctoral Scholar of CAAS (2018), Excellent Researcher of IARRP, CAAS (2020), Intelligence Youth Researcher of IARRP, CAAS (2020).

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