Microbial biotechnology as an emerging industrial wastewater treatment process for arsenic mitigation: a critical review

Hayat, Kashif and Menhas, Saiqa and Bundschuh, Jochen and Chaudhary, Hassan Javed (2017) Microbial biotechnology as an emerging industrial wastewater treatment process for arsenic mitigation: a critical review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 151. pp. 427-438. ISSN 0959-6526


Industrial wastewater pollution has become more grievous in the third world countries, where treatment and administration of industrial effluents are not being properly handled. About 80% of wastewater having arsenic (As) contamination are due to impurities in pesticides, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) wood preservatives, municipal solid waste incineration; leather industry; and consumption in the industry. Arsenic is a toxic metalloid, which is considered as a severe menace to the life of plants, animals and humans. Some As species such as As(III) and As(V) cause harmful effects on plants and animals. In order to treat As in industrial wastewater, various conventional methods are being employed. However, these methods face limitations in form of missing technical expertise and low effectiveness. Recently, microbial As remediation of industrial water has been evolved as a promising technology due to its public acceptance and cost effectiveness. The current review, for the first time, comprehensively summarizes the role of microbial remediation of As in industrial wastewater. In contrast to phytoremediation, the goal of using microbes is that dissolved arsenic species are converted microbially to arsine gas which is released into the atmosphere at non-toxic levels (dilution effect). In contrast to phytoremediation where arsenic is accumulated in plant material (waste production), this will not produce any solid or liquid waste - and this is just a key benefit of themicrobial approach as the management of solid/liquid arsenic rich waste is a global concern and economic burden; however, it was so far only tested on laboratory scale with exception of biofilms that have been tested on pilot scale. Our review also indicated the huge undervalued potential and environmental friendly solution of microbial remediation of As contaminated industrial wastewater without solid/liquid waste production as conventional technologies do.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 05:01
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: arsenic removal without solid/liquid waste production; bioremediation; industrial wastewater; microbial process
Fields of Research : 10 Technology > 1002 Environmental Biotechnology > 100203 Bioremediation
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960908 Mining Land and Water Management
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961101 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water for Urban and Industrial Use
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.084
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32608

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