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Journal of Water Process Engineering ; 50, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2211024


The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the increase in face mask waste globally. In this study, face mask-derived carbocatalysts doped with nitrogen (N-Mask) were fabricated through one-step pyrolysis of 1:5 w/w mixture of face mask and urea at different temperatures to activate peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for gatifloxacin (GAT) degradation. The N-Mask prepared at 800 degrees C (N-Mask800) exhibited the highest GAT degradation rate with k(app) = 0.093 min(-1) which could be attributed to its high N doping level (17.1 wt%) and highest specific surface area (237.13 m(2) g(-1)). The relationship between k(app), catalyst loading and PMS dosage at various pHs on GAT degradation were successfully established. It was also found that the GAT degradation rate was inhibited in the sequential operating mode compared to the simultaneous operating mode. It was construed that adsorption and catalysis share the same active sites. Deterioration in catalytic performance was observed over successive cycles due to the surface chemistry change during catalysis, and difficulty in catalyst recovery after treatment. Radical scavenger study revealed that both radical and nonradical pathways were involved during GAT degradation, with nonradical pathway playing a dominant role. XPS analysis revealed that pyrrolic N and graphitic N can facilitate PMS activation via radical and nonradical pathways. Based on the LC-MS/MS analysis, the GAT degradation intermediates were identified, and the possible degradation pathways were tentatively proposed. Overall, this study demonstrated that carbocatalyst derived from face mask could be transformed into costeffective and environmentally friendly PMS activator for environmental wastewater treatment applications.

Sustainable Environment ; 8(1), 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2017559


Eight to ten percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food loss and waste. Tackling the challenges of food loss and sustainable food waste management is key to fulfilling the Paris Agreement. However, among the Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, very few countries make references to food loss and waste. In this work, we reviewed the problem of food loss and waste from a global viewpoint and highlighted the opportunities of managing food loss and waste towards carbon mitigation and beyond. The importance of developing a coherent collaboration among all associated stakeholders was implied. Some recent policy developments and the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic are discussed followed by the summarization of potential solutions to tackling the fool loss and waste challenge.