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Open Chemistry: Topical Issue on Recycling by-products and waste materials to restore degraded environments, and/or use as biosorbents

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Avelino Núñez-Delgado, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Different by-products and waste materials are considered of growing interest for certain research groups and industries. The recycling of such kind of materials should be encouraged, always based on scientific and technically sound procedures, thus promoting sustainability. The appropriate use of by-products and waste materials in reclamation of degraded environments is a promising matter of research, with high potential from the environmental and economical points of view. In parallel, or as a complement to it, the study of different by-products and waste materials as biosorbents deserves great attention.

This Topical Issue aim is to increase the knowledge on these fields, with clear application for the scientific community and the society.


The authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openchem/default.aspx and submit their contribution using a special track established for this topical issue. All papers will go through the Open chemistry’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions please contact Guest Editor (avelino.nunez@usc.es) or Managing Editor (Bozena.BittnerWrobel@degruyteropen.com).

As an author of Open Chemistry you will benefit from:

  • Open Access – boosting visibility and citations of your paper
  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by Guest Editor,
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The accepted publication formats are: research article, communication, review or minireview and perspective paper.

The deadline for submissions: September 30th, 2016



Ion-exchange membranes in chemical synthesis – a review
Jaroszek, Hanna / Dydo, Piotr

Sorption of V and VI group metalloids (As, Sb, Te) on modified peat sorbents
Ansone-Bertina, Linda / Klavins, Maris

Adsorption of Cu(II) and Zn(II) from Water by Jatropha curcas L. as Biosorbent
Nacke, Herbert / Gonçalves, Affonso Celso / Campagnolo, Marcelo Angelo / Coelho, Gustavo Ferreira / Schwantes, Daniel / dos Santos, Marcelo Gonçalves / Briesch, Dionir Luiz / Zimmermann, Juliano

Hydrodynamic aspects of flotation separation
Peleka, Efrosyni N. / Matis, Kostas A.

Optimization of process parameters for heavy metals biosorption onto mustard waste biomass
Nemeş, Lăcrămioara (Negrilă) / Bulgariu, Laura