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Seo: Environmental Engineering Research in September 2013
This issue includes 12 papers regarding air pollution, waste-water treatment, water quality management, and groundwater management areas.
Yim et al. [1] evaluated the efficiency of a badge-type diffusive sampler to measure indoor formaldehyde concentrations. They concluded that a diffusive sampler using 2,4-dinitrophenyl-hydrazine (DNPH) reagent was found to be a suitable tool for measuring the formaldehyde concentration in an indoor environment. Park et al. [2] analyzed the in vitro toxicities which are incurred due to the mobilization metals from standard reference material 1648, fine (PM2.5), and coarse (PM10) particulate matter collected in Seoul metropolitan area. They reported that more damage to biomolecules was incurred upon exposure to PM2.5 and concluded that different arrays of metals were than to PM10 involved in the oxidation of DNA and proteins.
Shin and Jo [3] examined the concentrations, emission rates, and source characteristics of a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 30 newly-constructed apartment buildings by measuring indoor and outdoor VOC concentrations over a 2-year period. They reported aromatic (except for naphthalene), aliphatic, and terpene compounds exhibited a gradual deceasing trend while the six halogenated VOCs and naphthalene did not significantly vary during study period. Woo and Choi [4] suggested guidelines on standard model laboratory for greenhouse gas emissions reduction on the campus.
Hossain et al. [5] investigated efficiency of textile wastewater of removing COD and turbidity by the electrocoagulation process via experimental study. Shafiquzzam et al. [6] reported the development of iron mixed ceramic pellet manufactured by combining clay soil, rice bran, and Fe(0) powder at 600°C for arsenic (As) removal from groundwater. The maximum adsorption capacities of As(III) and As(V) from the Langmuir isotherm were found to be 4.0 and 4.5 mg/g, respectively. Singh and Kalamdhad [7] reported the speciation of heavy metals (Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, Ni, Pb, Cd, and Cr) during rotary drum composting of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) for a period of 20 days. They concluded that, rotary drum was very efficient for the degradation of organic matter as well as for the reduction of mobility and bio-availability of heavy metals during water hyacinth composting. Ban et al. [8] suggested an integrated governance model to manage nonpoint source pollutions.
Ahn and Jones [9] studied soil properties of young created mitigation wetlands (<10 years old), hydrologically comparable in the Piedmont region of Virginia by analyzing soil organic matter (SOM), soil organic carbon (SOC), pH, gravimetric soil moisture, and bulk density. They found SOM and SOC showed slight increase with wetland age while the increase was more evident with SOC. They reported that the results may caution the use of the conversion factor, which may lead to an overestimation of carbon sequestration potentials of newly created wetlands.
Jin et al. [10] investigated the safety and field applicability of the guided drainage system for underpass structures in Yeongjong Sky City business. Groundwater behavior was analyzed by using 3-dimensional groundwater program MODFLOW and influence of ground water on safety of the underpass structures has been calculated by FLAC2D. They concluded that safety factor relating to the buoyancy of the structure was greater than 1.2. They also concluded that quality and quantity of groundwater can be regarded as useful water resource of the neighboring area. Oh et al. [11] estimated the hydraulic conductivity (K) of fluvial deposits at bank locations of Nakdong River. K values of 80 samples from 13 boreholes were estimated. They suggested that the grain-size analysis may be used as an effective auxiliary tool to determine the K values of fluvial deposits. Nam et al. [12] evaluated the optimal preparation guidelines of a cathode catalyst layer by non-precious metal catalysts based on electrochemical performance in single-chamber microbial fuel cells (MFCs). They reported that proper control of the non-precious metal catalyst layer and substrate concentration are highly interrelated, and reveal how those combinations promote the economic power generation of single-chamber MFCs.
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1. Yim B, Lee K, Kim J, Hong H, Kim S. Evaluation of badge-type diffusive sampler performance for measuring indoor formaldehyde. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:123–128.

2. Park YJ, Lim L, Song H. Distinct oxidative damage of biomolecules by arrays of metals mobilized from different types of airborne particulate matters; SRM1648, fine (PM2.5), and coarse (PM10) fractions. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:139–143.

3. Shin SH, Jo WK. Temporal characteristics of volatile organic compounds in newly-constructed residential buildings: concentration and source. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:169–176.

4. Woo J, Choi KS. Analysis of potential reductions of greenhouse gas emissions on the college campus through the energy saving action programs. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:191–197.

5. Hossain MM, Mahmud MI, Parvez MS, Cho HM. Impact of current density, operating time and pH of textile wastewater treatment by electrocoagulation process. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:157–161.

6. Shafiquzzam M, Hasan MM, Nakajima J. Iron mixed ceramic pellet for arsenic removal from groundwater. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:163–168.

7. Singh J, Kalamdhad AS. Effect of rotary drum on the speciation of heavy metals during water hyacinth composting. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:177–189.

8. Ban YU, Woo HM, Han KM, Baek JI. Building an integrated governance model and finding management measures for nonpoint source pollution in watershed management of Korea. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:199–208.

9. Ahn C, Jones S. Assessing organic matter and organic carbon contents in soils of created mitigation wetlands in Virginia. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:151–156.

10. Jin KN, Park JH, Lee JM, Lee SH. Utilization of the outflowing groundwater resources in an underpass structure. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:117–121.

11. Oh YY, Hamm SY, Chung SY, Lee BD. Characterizing hydraulic properties by grain-size analysis of fluvial deposits depending on stream path in Korea. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:129–137.

12. Nam JY, Moon C, Jeong E, Lee WT, Shin HS, Kim HW. Optimal metal dose of alternative cathode catalyst considering organic substances in single chamber microbial fuel cells. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:145–150.

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