emerging water contaminants

Emerging Water Pollutants Need Innovative & Yet Practical Solutions

As the only surviving species of the genus Homo, we named ourselves Homo sapiens meaning ‘wise man’ in Latin. This overconfident self-nomination brings us the responsibility of wisdom in decision-making. However, a persistent increase in population and irresponsible consumption of the natural resources accelerate contaminant influx into the natural environment-creating multitude of environmental problems. Recent progress in analytical chemistry has made it possible to detect a growing number of emerging contaminants (ECs) in environmental waters. Most of the ECs are substances used every day by humans, such as pharmaceuticals, steroid hormones, and illicit drugs, or are found in widely used products such as personal care products (PCPs), perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and plasticizers. Therefore, treatment and preservation of natural resources became critical for maintaining sustainable global development. In this regards, as an environmental science and engineering researcher, I focus on exploring the application and implications of new technologies for treatment and conservation of environmental water resources. 


You cannot taste or smell them in your tap water, but most municipalities around the world have drinking water supplies that are contaminated with trace levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). My research targets the development of new materials and techniques to adsorb and/or degrade PFAS in water at environmentally relevant conditions [Click Here fore more details]. 

There is a pressing need to develop a new generation of adsorbent materials that can extend the limits of traditional chemical treatment systems.
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The removal of bromide (Br−) and iodide (I−) from source waters mitigates the formation of brominated and iodinated disinfection by-products (DBPs), which are more toxic than their chlorinated analogues.
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There is a growing concern about toxicological risks associated microplastics (MPs) and particularly the interactions between MPs and different organic/inorganic water contaminants. [Click Here fore more details]. 

Mohamed Ateia