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Deadline for abstract submission: 8 May 2022
The scope of IAP2022 follows the established tradition of the IAP conference series in providing a forum for researchers working on developing a mechanistic understanding of the behaviour and fate of pollutants in environmental and engineered systems. Pollutants of interest encompass metal species, organic compounds, as well as engineered nanoparticles including nanoplastics. The focus is on interfacial processes and the importance of (bio)colloids and (bio)interfaces, both from fundamental and solution-oriented perspectives. The scope encompasses work at the nano-, meso- and macro-scopic scales, from transient processes to equilibrium. Applied research relevant for e.g. environmental protection and remediation of polluted sites, is welcome. The eventual session topics will be responsive to the content of the submitted abstracts.
Abstracts are expected to address at least one of the following topics from an experimental and/or modelling perspective:
o Fundamental studies on (bio)colloids and (bio)interfaces, including the nature of colloidal interactions and the stability of dispersions.
o Fundamental research on the equilibrium and dynamic features of pollutant interactions with natural and engineered (bio)colloids and (bio)interfaces.
o Establishing mechanistic understanding of the nature and timescale of interfacial processes governing the relationships between the chemical and biological reactivity of pollutants.
o New insights into established techniques and development of novel methods for characterisation of (bio)interfaces and analysis of (bio)interfacial processes that influence pollutant fate and behaviour in exposure media and/or biota.
o Field studies on natural and agricultural systems that provide new knowledge and/or exploit the reactivity of pollutants and nutrients with (bio)interfaces and (bio)colloids.
o Solution-oriented research that exploits the reactivity of (bio)interfaces and (bio)colloids to design innovative strategies for soil and sediment (bio)remediation and wastewater treatment.
o Strategies for incorporating fundamental knowledge on the reactivity of (bio)colloids and (bio)interfaces in environmental risk assessment.