Recent years have seen an unprecedented rise of interest in water process engineering, particularly because the issue of sustainability now plays an increasingly crucial role. New research on this latter topic has expanded rapidly, prompting Elsevier to launch a new journal to accompany its flagship journal Desalination.

The Journal of Water Process Engineering aims to publish refereed, high-quality research papers with significant novelty and impact in all areas of the engineering of water and wastewater processing. Papers on advanced and novel treatment processes and technologies are particularly welcome.

Contributions are encouraged that involve environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable technology for water treatment. Typically this might involve the minimum consumption of energy and chemicals, the capability of water recycling and reuse, and minimising the direct disposal of wastewater and/or other waste to the aquatic environment.

The editors – Professor Nick Hankins at the University of Oxford in the UK, and Professor Abdul Wahab Mohammad at the National University of Malaysia – are delighted to present this first edition, which presents papers on a wide variety of topics.

There are two papers on the use of coagulants in sustainable potable water processing, another on the use of nano-activated carbon to remove trace antibiotics, and another on river bed (as opposed to river bank) filtration in the field.

In the area of sustainable wastewater processing, one paper studies the use of hybrid processes for reuse of grey water, while another looks at the use of modified clays to treat refinery effluent.

There has also been a lot of recent interest in using advanced materials for water treatment. Here one paper studies the use of nanomagnetite aggregated schwertmannite for fluoride removal, while another looks at a graphene oxide-BiOBr composite material for degradation of dyes.

Three papers present interesting materials for adsorption: a polyaniline/silica gel composite for removal of hexavalent chromium ions, crosslinking chitosan microspheres to remove methyl orange, and microcapsules for adsorption/separation of palladium and platinum.

Another three papers look at important fundamental issues relating to wastewater treatment: the effects of feeding pattern and dissolved oxygen concentration on microbial morphology and community structure, biological treatment of wastewater using immobilised gel, and COD removal via the aerated heterogeneous Fenton process.

The first edition concludes with a review of ultrafiltration (UF) membrane fouling and cleaning, which is an important issue in many such water processing applications.

All articles published in the journal are freely available until 30 May 2015.

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