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Seo: Environmental Engineering Research in March 2013
This issue includes 6 papers selected from environmental engineering of wastewater treatment, corrosion control, urban air pollution, and effect of climate change on streamflow.
Seo et al. [1] showed that the dead biomass immobilized in polysulfone biocarrier beads effectively removed metal ions—Pb(II) and Cu(II) in this study—and suggested that their beads could be applied as a biosorbent in wastewater treatment. Kwon et al. [2] investigated the mechanism of the formation of a highly oxidizing unknown reactive species in the photolysis of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) with H2O2 and suggested this could be peroxynitrite (ONOO), a potent oxidant by itself and a source of hydroxyl radicals. Kim et al. [3] assessed degree of external corrosion of distribution pipe network by investigating in-situ data obtained through test pit excavation and direct sampling. They developed a regression model and reported that their method was effective to predict severity and rate of pipe corrosion that reflect fuzzy soil environment. Jo and Lee [4] examined the applicability of visible light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to the photocatalytic decomposition of indoor-level trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) over N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) under a range of operational conditions. They reported that violet LEDs can be utilized as energy-efficient light sources for the photocatalytic decomposition of TCE and PCE, if operational conditions of N-TiO2 photocatalytic system are optimized. Lee et al. [5] used CCT-ICP-MS to analyze concentrations of about 19 elements associated with airborne PM2.5 samples collected from a roadside station in Daejeon, Korea. They reported that findings of strong correlations between PM2.5 and the elements of crust-al origin may be directly comparable with the dominant role of those species by constituting a major fraction of even PM2.5 as well as PM10 at the roadside area. Kim et al. [6] suggested that the rainfall elasticity, the sensitivity of annual streamflow for the variations of potential annual rainfall, can be used to quantify the effects of climate change on major river basins in Korea.
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References

1. Seo H, Lee M, Wang SEquilibrium and kinetic studies of the biosorption of dissolved metals on Bacillus drentensis immobilized in biocarrier beads. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:45–53.
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2. Kwon BG, Kim JO, Kwon JKFormation of reactive species enhanced by H2O2 addition in the photodecomposition of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:29–35.
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3. Kim M, Inakazu T, Koizumi A, Koo JStatistical approach for corrosion prediction under fuzzy soil environment. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:37–43.
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4. Jo WK, Lee JYDegradation of chlorinated hydrocarbons via a light-emitting diode derived photocatalyst. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:21–28.
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5. Lee JH, Jeong JH, Lim JMToxic trace and earth crustal elements of ambient PM2.5 using CCT-ICP-MS in an urban area of Korea. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:3–8.
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6. Kim BS, Hong SJ, Lee HDThe potential effects of climate change on streamflow in rivers basin of Korea using rainfall elasticity. Environ. Eng. Res. 2013;18:9–20.
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