Skip to main content
Search for Articles:
Tropical Aquatic and Soil Pollution

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. , Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2021) – 6 articles

			View Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2021)
Published: 30 June 2021
  • Issues are regarded as officially published after their release is announced to the table of contents alert mailing list.
  • You may sign up for e-mail alerts to receive table of contents of newly released issues.
  • PDF is the official format for papers published. To view the papers in pdf format, click on the "View PDF Full-text" link.

Open Access Front Page
Front Cover, Editorial Information, Table of Content, Back Cover
by Editorial

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1)

Front Page Full text

Adsorption Isotherm And Kinetic Models For Removal Of Methyl Orange And Remazol Brilliant Blue R By Coconut Shell Activated Carbon
by Hee Tian Hii

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1), pp 1-10;

Adsorption technology is one of the efficient and facile method used for wastewater treatment. In this research, coconut shell, an agricultural solid waste was converted into activated carbon via furnace induced and zinc chloride chemical activation techniques. The activated carbon was prepared at activation temperature of 600°C. Anionic dyes, Methyl Orange (MO) and Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR) have been selected due to their harmful effect to the environmental and human. Various effect of parameter such as initial dye concentration, initial pH, adsorbent dosage and agitation speed in batch system were investigated to obtain the optimum condition for both dye adsorption on activated carbon. The optimum dye removal efficiency was around 99% when 5g/L of activated carbon was used. Pseudo-second-order model was the best fitted model with highest correlation (R2 >0.99) compared to other kinetic models. The adsorption behaviour of MO was perfectly presented by the Freundlich model while RBBR was well described by Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity for MO was 59.17mg/g and RBBR was 35.09mg/g. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was utilised to analyse the chemical characteristics of activated carbon before and after adsorption. Full text

Adsorption of Remazol Brilliant Violet 5R (RBV-5R) and Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR) from Aqueous Solution by Using Agriculture Waste
by Hong Jian Lai

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1), pp 11-23;

The ability of agricultural waste materials to remove synthetic dyes such as Remazol Brilliant Violet 5R (RBV-5R) and Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR) from aqueous solutions was investigated. Dyes are a major source of water contamination that not only cause significant damage to water bodies but also have a negative effect on human health due to their high toxicity and carcinogenic nature. Agricultural wastes are renewable adsorbents because they are readily available and inexpensive, and they can also be used instead of conventional activated carbon. As a result, the removal of RBV-5R and RBBR from dye solutions by adsorption onto treated adsorbent was investigated in this review. The two best adsorbents out of ten were selected via a screening process with RBBR as the test dye. The key adsorbents in this analysis were coconut shells and mango seeds, which had the highest removal rate as compared to others. The experiment was continued with the chosen adsorbent to see how different initial dye concentrations, adsorbent dosage, contact time, pH, and particle size affected dye adsorption. The results show that different parameters have different effects on the removal rate and adsorption potential of the adsorbent. The adsorption of dye from aqueous solution onto adsorbent was investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to investigate the functional groups of the adsorbent before and after the adsorption operation, and it was discovered that the functional group affected the effectiveness or removal rate as well as the adsorption capability of adsorbents. According to the findings, 5 gram mango seeds can extract 85.54 percent of RBV-5R with adsorption power of 1.26 mg/g. For 21 hours, coconut shells removed 74.39 percent of RBBR with an adsorption capacity of 8.01 mg/g. The findings indicated that these agricultural wastes could be useful as an alternative adsorbent for removing dye from aqueous solutions. Full text

Interactions of Microplastics with Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Ecotoxicological Effects: A Review
by Kuok Ho Daniel Tang

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1), pp 24-34;

With the increasing presence of microplastics and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), it is crucial to understand the interactions between the two emerging environmental pollutants and their ecotoxicological risks. This paper reviews more than 50 relevant scholarly papers published mainly in the past 10 years. It shows that the sorption of POPs to microplastics is affected by environmental factors and the properties of microplastics. The environmental factors comprise salinity, pH, natural organic matters and temperature. The properties of microplastics include degree of aging, molecular weight, size, shape, density, crystallinity, polymer type and color. The two factors are interconnected through weathering and weatherability of microplastics, where properties of microplastics, hence their interactions with POPs would be modified by environmental factors. Microplastics are potential vectors of POPs due to their ability to sorb and concentrate POPs. However, the studies reviewed showed the impacts to be low or insignificant and the sorbed POPs do not demonstrate significantly high accumulation, bioavailability and toxicity. In some literature, it has been reported that microplastics might reduce POPs in an organism. Due to limited studies and opposing views, there is a need to conduct more studies involving diverse POPs and microplastics under multiple conditions to provide a more holistic understanding on this subject. Full text

Soil Remediation Applications of Nanotechnology
by Risky Ayu Kristanti, Rachael Mei Yen Liong, Tony Hadibarata

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1), pp 35-45;

With the growth of urbanization, the anthropogenic activities have increased and thus increase occurrence of soil contaminants. In order to eliminate the contaminants in soil environment, the application of nanotechnology for soil remediation has become a great concern in the world. This review discussed about the fate of contaminants in soil environment; the mechanisms of nanotechnology with various types of nanomaterials for the soil remediation; the advantages and disadvantage of nanomaterials towards the terrestrial organisms, human health as well as the soil environment; and the challenges of using nanotechnology for soil remediation. The major challenges of nanotechnology are the negative effect of the nanoparticles towards the microbes. The toxicity in nanomaterials will affect the microorganisms and inhibit the enzymes activities in the soil environment. Keywords: Soil Full text

Utilization of Construction and Demolition Waster and Environmental Management Practice in South East Asian Countries
by Hui Yee Ngieng, Tony Hadibarata, Rubiyatno

Trop. Aqua. Soil Pollut. 2021, 1(1), pp 46-61;

The ASEAN population will increase to 724.8 million by the year 2030 and the urbanization rate increases with years. This leads to the development of the construction industry to fulfil the fundamental social and physical requirements. Construction activities create an adverse negative impact on the environment, such as pollution and damage to the environment. This article will study more about the construction and demolition waste (C&D waste) and it can be founded in various construction stages. Therefore, the government and authorities introduce environmental management practices to mitigate the negative impact on construction on the environment and minimize the pollution at the source. What, why and where are terms required to consider before the implementation of environmental management practice. The government policies of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are summarized. Approximately 10% of total synthetic carbon dioxide (CO2) sourced from concrete production. The content more emphasizes the green materials generated from agricultural waste to replace the silica in concrete. The bamboo is used as interior decoration and material for building construction. Green materials technology is solar panel, solar thermal collector, geothermal technology, hydropower technology and cooling roof system. Full text