ACS Omega Call for Papers Virtual Special Issue Magnetic Nanohybrids
ACS Omega Call for Papers
Virtual Special Issue: Magnetic Nanohybrids for Environmental Applications

Aims & Scope

As environmental pollution presents new challenges, sustainable materials are needed to meet those challenges through sensing and remediation. Magnetic-based nanohybrids have gained interest due to their unique structural, smart functional, and tailored physicochemical characteristics and their potential to measure and remediate trace contaminants that may be otherwise challenging using existing alternatives.

This Virtual Special Issue will showcase studies about magnetic nanohybrids' design, synthesis, characterization, and environmental applications.

Emphasis will be given to:

  • the fundamental scientific advances connecting the material synthesis and characterization to material performance
  • novel applications of magnetic nanohybrids as alternatives to existing technologies (e.g., direct comparisons considering technical, economic, and/or sustainability metrics)
  • advanced demonstrations in challenging, representative environments (e.g., practical application, robustness, scalability).

Authors are encouraged to describe how submissions align with emphasis area(s) in cover letters.

We invite Articles, Mini-Reviews, Reviews, or Perspectives on all topics relating to nanohybrids, including (but not limited to):

  • Environmental remediation
  • Nano-biosensing
  • Nano-catalytic degradation
  • Biotransformation

We welcome submissions for this Virtual Special Issue through 10 December 2023. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed to ensure they fit the scope and conform to the high-quality scientific standards of ACS Omega before acceptance. 
If your paper is accepted, your work will be highlighted as a significant contribution to this growing field of exploration. As ACS Omega is a fully open-access journal, your paper will be available to anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world.

Accepted publications will go online as soon as possible after acceptance and be published in the next available issue. In the Fall of 2023, the publications on this topic will be gathered into a virtual special issue on a dedicated webpage and be promoted as a collection.

If you have any general questions regarding submission to this Virtual Special Issue, please contact Dr. Julie Korak.

Article Processing Charges apply for publication in this fully open access journal. Please see our website for more information on Open Access Pricing, our ACS Country Discount & Waiver Policy, and ACS Read + Publish agreements.
How to submit

To submit for this Virtual Special Issue:

  • Log in to the ACS Paragon Plus submission site
  • Choose ACS Omega as your journal
  • Select your manuscript type
  • Under the ‘Special Issue Selection’, choose ‘Magnetic Nanohybrids for Environmental Applications'.

Please see our Author Guidelines for more information on submission requirements.

The deadline for submissions is 10 December 2023.
About the Virtual Special Issue Editors
Dr. Julie Korak is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the United States. Dr. Korak’s areas of expertise are broadly focused on water treatment engineering spanning municipal drinking water, water reuse, and residual management. Her recent projects include developing holistic water treatment and waste brine management processes for ion exchange systems, monitoring contaminant transport after urban fires, and assessing corrosion potential in water distribution systems.

Dr. Korak is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S.), Environmental Engineering (B.S.), and Civil (Environmental) Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for ACS Omega and is a member of the inaugural Early Career Editorial Advisory Board for Environmental Science & Technology.  
Dr. Hafiz M.N. Iqbal is a full-time Professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnólogico de Monterrey, Mexico. He completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Applied Biotechnology and Materials Science at the University of Westminster, London, UK.

Dr. Iqbal’s research interests include biomaterials with novel characteristics for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, composites development and characterization, biomedical applications of pristine and grafted materials, industrial applications of enzymes, biomaterials for bioenergy, fermentation process development, production of enzymes, and other industrial products using agro-industrial wastes and by-products, liquid and solid waste management (re)-valorization of agro-industrial wastes and by-products, and bioremediation of textile dyes and effluents and other hazardous pollutants.
Dr. Muhammad Bilal is an assistant professor at the Department of Sanitary Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland. He earned his Ph.D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, specializing in bioengineering and applied biotechnology. He has published more than 700 scientific contributions in the form of research, reviews, book chapters, and editorial-type scientific articles in various areas of Science and Engineering. He has an h-index of 68, along with more than 18,000 citations. He has edited several special issues and books and serves as a scientific reviewer in numerous peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include bioengineering, environmental biotechnology, nanotechnology, bio-catalysis, enzyme engineering, immobilization, chemical modifications and industrial applications of microbial enzymes, bioremediation of hazardous and emerging pollutants, liquid and solid waste management – valorization of agro-industrial wastes.

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