The Introduction of the Special Issue

There seems to be plenty of water in the world; however, less than 1% of this total amount is usable water. Freshwater is cleaned and transferred through the hydrological cycle in nature. Nowadays, this process is insufficient as a result of human activities, discharge of various pollutants into the aquatic environment.

On account of the rapid increase in world population and urbanization, intensive demand for agriculture and industrialization is forecasted to have a negative impact on clean water resources in the next 50 years. Chemicals produced and intentionally used in disease and pest control, agriculture, manufacturing and industry can affect the aquatic environment and human health.

Among all pollutants, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are reported as highly toxic halogenated organic compounds by the World Health Organization. They have resistant to chemical, biological, and photolytic environmental degradation therefore cannot break down easily in the environment.

Initially, the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council recognized only twelve POPs in May 22, 2001 and then this list has been expanded to include some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), brominated flame-retardants, and other compounds.

Conventional water and wastewater treatment may be insufficient for the effective removal of various POPs and therefore further treatment is required. The availability of high quality freshwater is a decisive factor for socio-economic development. It is a vital scientific challenge to determine POPs concentrations and remove from aquatic ecosystems, minimize their possible effects on the environment and human health as well as possible.

This Special Issue welcomes research into recent advances in both experimental and modeling works on the removal of POPs from water and wastewater. Articles on perspectives / reviews on the effectiveness of low-cost materials for the removal of POPs are also welcome.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

· Water quality

· Natural Wastewater Treatment Techniques

· Wastewater reuse

· Emerging Contaminants

· Priority Contaminants

· (POPs)

· (ECs)


The Article Title of the Special Issue

1: Removal of Emerging Comtaminants from Wastewater

2: Emerging Contaminants in Aquatic Systems

3: Removal of Persistent Organic Pollutants

4: Persistent Organic Pollutants: Sources, Reactions and Treatment Techniques

5: New perspectives in development of effective membrane for wastewater treatment

6: Organic Pollutants in Water systems: Challenges and New Solutions

7: New Methods to Advance Water Quality


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Probe - Water Conservation and Sustainability submission system:

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: December 30 ,2020


The Lead Guest Editor

Guzide Meltem LULE SENOZ