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Description - Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Anthropogenic Organic Compounds in Environmental Systems by Baoshan Xing

In contrast to the classical books which largely focus on separate, individual physicochemical and biological aspects, this book aims to integrate the frontiers of knowledge on the fundamentals and the impact of physicochemical and biological interactions and processes of AOCs in soil, sediment, water and air. The specific objectives of this book are to address: (1) fundamental biophysico-chemical processes of AOCs in the environment, (2) occurrence and distribution of AOCs in air, water, and soil, and their global cycling, (3) the state-of-the-art analytical techniques of AOCs, and (4) restoration of natural environments contaminated by AOCs. The book also identifies the gaps in knowledge on the subject matter and as such provides future directions to stimulate scientific research to advance the chemical science on biophysico-chemical interfacial reactions in natural habitats. By virtue of complex nature of the interactions of AOCs with different environmental components and matrixes, no single available technique and instrument is satisfactory yet for determining their fate, transport, availability, and risk in the environment. In order to fully understand the biophysico-chemical interactions and processes of AOCs in the environment, it is critical to know chemical, physical and biological properties of AOCs and their analytical techniques. The book is unique because of its multidisciplinary approach as it provides a comprehensive and integrated coverage of biophysico-chemical reactions and processes of AOCs in various environments, associated analytical techniques, and restoration of natural environments contaminated by AOCs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780470539637
ISBN-10: 0470539631
Format: Hardback
(284mm x 217mm x 35mm)
Pages: 584
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2011
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Baoshan Xing

Baoshan Xing is Professor of Environmental and SoilChemistry in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences,University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been activelyinvolved in teaching and research since 1996. Dr. Xing received hisPhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1994. His researchwork ranks in the top 1% of cited authors for journals inenvironmental sciences and ecology. Nicola Senesi is Professor of Soil Chemistry and Head ofthe Department of Agroforestal and Environmental Biology andChemistry of the University of Bari, Bari, Italy, where he has beenactively involved in research and teaching (as research assistant,assistant professor, and associate professor) since 1969. He wasconferred a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Institut NationalPolytechnique de Toulouse, France, in 2000. The late Pan Ming Huang received his PhD in soil sciencefrom the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was ProfessorEmeritus of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon, Canada. His research work has significantly advancedknowledge on the formation chemistry and the nature and surfacereactivity of mineral colloids, organic matter, and organomineralcomplexes of soils and sediments and their role in the dynamics,transformations, and fate of nutrients, toxic metals, andxenobiotics in terrestrial and aquatic environments.