About the Author
M.N.V. Prasad is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Hyderabad. He has served the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India in various advisory committees on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, pollution control and abatement, environmental information systems and bioremediation of contaminated sites. He is an active visiting scientist in several international universities. He is the editor, co-editor, or author of 15 books and 95 journal articles (with over 6277 journal citations and h-index 41 as per google scholar). He has made outstanding contributions to the fields of Bioremediation, Bioresources, Biomass energy sources, bioeconomy and to the broad field of environmental biotechnology (including value chain and value addition products from plants used in phytoremediation) and bioremediation are his main areas of expertise. Dr. Kaimin SHIH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and leads the Environmental Materials Research Group at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is interested in engineering and employing material properties for innovative waste beneficial uses and environmental treatment processes. Dr. Shih'swork particularly focuses on analyzing the pollutant behavior in solid matrices and at water-mineral interfaces, and has contributes to the research areas of hazardous metals, material resource recovery, persistent organic pollutants, water membrane materials, nuclear waste, and soil remediation. Dr. Shih is currently an Associate Editor for Waste Management, together withthe other several environmental/materials journals. He is a Scientific Advisory Panel member of International Waste Working Group, the president for Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association, and the vice-president for Hong Kong Waste Management Association. Dr. Shih has published more than 90 SCI journal papers, edited 2 books, and authored more than 10 book chapters. Further details about Dr. Shih's research activities can be found at http://web.hku.hk/~kshih/.