e-CHAPTERS individually

e-SLIDES by the Chapter



"Water Pollution Control"


COURSE CONTENTS               Consult the course lecture transparencies and slides                 


TOPIC "Ramalho-1st.ed" Book Part

Effects of water pollution on the environment and biota

pgs. (14-22)


Element cycles, nutrient requirements and eutrophication of water bodies

pg.22 + (special)


Characterization of wastewaters, types of water pollution and its sources



Analytical determination of pollutants and toxicity pgs.(26-27) + special

Dissolved oxygen - BOD, COD, TOC criteria and their relationships

pgs. (27-45)


Types of primary, seconary and tertiary treatment (special)

In-plant pollution prevention and economic trade-offs

Primary treatment: Equalization, neutralization (pgs.70-124)
Solid-liquid separation processes, coagulation and flocculation (special)
Sedimentation: Discrete (pgs. 72-3; 77-84)  
Sedimentation: Flocculent Settling (pgs. 84-98)  
Sedimentation: Zone Settling (pgs. 98-107)  
Secondary treatment:    Principles of biological treatment processes and their kinetics (special)
Fundamentals of microbial world and substrate degradation (special)  
Aeration in Wastewater Treatment (reading) (pgs. 127-56)  
Oxygen Transfer, kLa determinations, corrections (pgs. 127-37)  

Activated Sludge treatment - sludge production, agitation, aeration, design             

(pgs. 157-235)
Modifications of aerobic treatment processes: ext. aeration, lagoons, contact stabilization (pgs. 236-60)
Trickling filters - design (pgs. 268-82
Anaerobic digestion treatment and bio-gas production, design (pgs. 282-294)
Tertiary treatment  and sludge handling (pgs. 343-400)
Activated carbon adsorption, ion exchange and biosorption (pgs. 345-58) + (special)
Removal of inorganic nutrients (P and N) (pgs. 391; 394-7)
Membrane processes: Reverse Osmosis and Electrodialysis    (pgs.367-71; 385-386)
Chlorination and ozonation (pgs. 387-400)
Principles of wastewater treatability studies (special)
Examples of treatment systems for selected typical industrial operations: (special)
oil refinery, chemical and mining operations, food processing,

Wastewater treatment alternatives and economy

Wastewater utilization schemes (special)

Characterization of industrial effluents



  The topics might not necessarily be covered exactly in the sequence as listed here.
The time for topics coverage may change somewhat.
Some lecture material may appear on special web-pages
~30 h


" Introduction to Wastewater Treatment

Ramalho The book is iminently suitable for learning good wastewater treatment practices

Written by R.S. Ramalho (1983, second edition, Academic Press), this excellent book is out of print now and thus difficult to obtain. The book is unique as it uses Chemical Engineering approaches based on process mass balances and reaction kinetics. It is practical and very much design oriented. The 1st edition of the book will be loosely followed and it is made available on another web-page for downloading by the students of the course.

Its PDF file is provided in sections (chapters) for the purposes of this Course.

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"SORPTION & BIOSORPTION" book is richly illustrated with more than 300 slides.

Electronic files of its slides are separately available for YOUR presentations.

The book on "SORPTION & BIOSORPTION" provides the backbone and a textbook for seminars and workshops on the topic. It summarizes the key information that has been accumulated over the past three decades of biosorption research.  Provided with a special discount (~50%) at workshops,  it is highly recommended for the event audience to follow the presentations. 

The sorption operation is capable of removing and isolating specific chemical species from solution and as such it provides a basis for very effective technological applications.  Methodologies developed and established for examining conventional sorption processes can be used to study and develop biosorption and vice versa.  From this point of view, this whole book can be considered to be a one large case study focusing on heavy metal biosorption.  All the principles dealt with in the text (and presentations) are directly applicable in many broad aspects of various sorption and ion-exchange operations encountered in different industrial activitieies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                               

Bohumil Volesky is Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also the President and Founder of BV SORBEX, Inc.,  an enterprise focusing on sorption and biosorption technology and its promotion.  He is has specialized in areas of Biochemical Engineering and Industrial Water Pollution Control. He has authored or coauthored close to 200 scientific papers and presented many invited lectures at international scientific meetings and seminars or workshops around the world.
He has been providing consulting services to numerous organizations.
Dr. Volesky earned his PhD in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.  His research interests are reflected in his earlier books on "Biosorption of Heavy Metals" (1990, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida) that he edited, and in a co-authored volume on "Modeling and Optimization of Fermentation Processes" (1992, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Biosorption SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS  :    to be arranged                                                                                   

1-hour SEMINAR presentations or half-day and full-day WORKSHOPS can be organized at any location anywhere in the world.  These events can be held at institutions, as parts of conference programs or before/after conferences.
The choice of exact topics can be negotiated (please consult the book topics) depending on the interest of the audience. 

The presentations can have emphasis on chemistry, biology or process engineering including the contemporary computer simulation techniques used for sorption processes.  We explain and bring you the power of FEMLAB sorption simulation program - it can do even more for you.

We collaborate on arrangements for funding the event(s) providing a grant application outline for interested groups. See the details of seminar topics (click) - do not hesitate and be dynamic ...Please register your potential interest by e-mailing to Dr. Volesky.  We shall collaborate with you on the best presentation type for your interest and needs. 

Dr. Volesky is available for presentations and workshops anywhere - at a time of your convenience.

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