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Emerging Environmental Technologies



von: Vishal Shah

106,99 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 30.07.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9781402087868
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 174

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In this day and age, it is unfortunate that the economic prosperity and development leads to disruption of the dynamic balance of the environment. The philosophy of sustainable development has been presented for a long period of time but it has not been able to bring about a substantial change in our society. The transformation of this philosophy into a practical reality seems to be far away – at least in the foreseeable future. In my opinion, the only way I see the revolution taking place is for us to incorporate ‘sustainability’ in our daily living and to keep pushing for a sustainable society. Meanwhile, we also need scientists to work on technologies that would lead us to that goal at a faster pace. Technologies that are ‘completely’ environmentally friendly are needed urgently. And if such technologies or ideas of one exists, a platform is required that showcases such ideas to the scientific and non-scientific audience. Through this book, I am happy to present the thoughts of seven different research groups whose work may lead us to the doorsteps of sustainable society. As scientists, most of us specialize in a sub-topic that may be related to one of the three environmental components – air, land, or water. Over a period of time, we become so engrossed with the sub-discipline of our specialization that we only have glimpses of what is happening in other disciplines.
In this day and age, it is unfortunate that the economic prosperity and development leads to disruption of the dynamic balance of the environment. The philosophy of sustainable development has been presented for a long period of time but it has not been able to bring about a substantial change in our society. The transformation of this philosophy into a practical reality seems to be far away – at least in the foreseeable future. In my opinion, the only way I see the revolution taking place is for us to incorporate ‘sustainability’ in our daily living and to keep pushing for a sustainable society. Meanwhile, we also need scientists to work on technologies that would lead us to that goal at a faster pace. Technologies that are ‘completely’ environmentally friendly are needed urgently. And if such technologies or ideas of one exists, a platform is required that showcases such ideas to the scientific and non-scientific audience. Through this book, I am happy to present the thoughts of seven different research groups whose work may lead us to the doorsteps of sustainable society. As scientists, most of us specialize in a sub-topic that may be related to one of the three environmental components – air, land, or water. Over a period of time, we become so engrossed with the sub-discipline of our specialization that we only have glimpses of what is happening in other disciplines.
1: Understanding the distinguishing features of a microbial fuel cell as a biomass-based renewable energy technology
Rittmann, B. E., Torres, C. I. & Marcus, A. K. 2: Screening microbes for ice-associating proteins with potential application as ‘green inhibitors’ for gas hydrates
Walker, V. K., Wilson, S. L., Wu, Z., Miao, D. N., Zeng, H., Ripmeester, J. A & Palmer, G. R. 3: Surface Reactions: Bio-catalyst an emerging alternative
Mahapatro, A. & Bhure, R. 4: Enabling simultaneous reductions in fuel consumption, NOx and CO2 via modeling and control of residual-affected low temperature combustion
Shaver, G. 5: Flexible sunlight- the history and progress of hybrid solar lighting
Maxey, C. 6: Synthesis, characterization and application of magnetic nanocomposites for the removal of heavy metals from industrial effluents
Xu, Z. & Dong, J. 7: Application of bacterial swimming and chemotaxis for enhanced bioremediation
Singh, R. & Olson, M. S.
<P>Dr. Shah obtained his doctorate degree from Sardar Patel University, India, he then became a UNESCO-ROSTE Fellow at the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Prague. He did his post-doctorate research at Polytechnic University, New York and is currently an Assistant Professor in Environmental Microbiology at Dowling College, New York. His research expertise includes drinking water treatment and conversion of environmental wastes to value added products.</P>
<P>With increasing attention being paid to the changing environment and the underlining reasons from the change, scientists are working at a faster pace to invent technologies that could have a positive impact. This book exclusively focuses on the technologies that would be in the forefront in near to far future. Each and every article in the book is peer-reviewed and discusses the current environmental challenges, the novel innovation and future directions. </P>
<P>The topics covered in the book include microbial fuel cells, hybrid solar lighting, bacterial swimming for environmental remediation, cleaner engines, nanoparticles for effluent treatment, surface catalysis and proteins as gas hydrates inhibitors. This book will be suitable for academicians, industries and governmental/non-governmental agencies in the field of environmental sciences and technology. </P>
<p>Offers assorted reading on environmental technologies, from energy to catalysis to bioremediation, that could offer solutions to reduce human pressure on the environment</p><p>Each article discusses the latest advancements and future directions of various environmental technologies</p><p>Will serve as a bridge between sub-disciplines of environmental technologies</p>

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