Topics of the Conference

Soil Biogeochemistry and Agriculture

  • Biogeochemical cycles; contaminant and nutrient interactions with soils.
  • Speciation and bioavailability of contaminants (e.g., metals, organics, particles).
  • Organic matter stabilization; mineral surfaces and transformations.
  • Bacteria at interfaces.
  • Interfaces in agricultural activities: safe and effective application of biochar, nano and micro-particulate (slow-release) pesticides and fertilizers;
  • Interface-based sensors in agricultural systems for contaminant/nutrient monitoring.

Interfaces Applied in Decontamination Systems

Application of interfaces for decontamination and water purification, such as, e.g.:

  • adsorption;
  • heterogeneous (photo)catalysis;
  • mediated oxidation or reduction;
  • complexation;
  • electrochemical methods;
  • nanoremediation;
  • soil aquifer treatment (SAT);
  • biotechnology;
  • interfacial evaporation for water treatment and desalination.

Priority will be given for systems investigated in application-oriented studies, e.g., under real conditions, and/or performed at pilot-scale, and/or treating real contaminated streams, especially those containing contaminants of emerging concern (e.g., PFAS).

Theory and Modeling of Interfaces and Interface Phenomena

  • Reactive transfer of contaminants from/to (biological) surfaces and interfaces.
  • Application of machine-learning and AI for the assessment of complex interface processes in geoscience and environmental physical chemistry.
  • From experiment to AI and vice-versa.

Role of Interfaces in Pollutant Dynamics

  • Analysis, fate, behavior, impact, and control of:
    • inorganic, dissolved and “small” contaminants (e.g., heavy metals, transition elements);
    • inorganic, solid-phase contaminants (e.g., mineral particles, nanoparticles);
    • organic, dissolved and “small” contaminants (e.g., herbicides, pesticides, toxins, antibiotic resistance genes);
    • organic, solid-phase contaminants (e.g., nano and microplastics, viruses).
  • Aerosol and atmosphere/surface interactions.

Advances in the Characterization of Interfaces and Interface Processes

  • Analytical techniques for the study, characterization, and monitoring of interfaces and colloidal systems under controlled and environmental conditions.
  • Analytical techniques for environmental studies.
  • Equilibrium and dynamic techniques.
  • Passive samplers.
  • Electroanalytical techniques.
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