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Special Issue "Optimization in Sustainable Design and Location of Networked Facilities and Reverse Logistics"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ali Elkamel
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: energy and environmental engineering systems; air pollution modeling, simulation anenergy and environmental engineering systems; air pollution modeling; planning and optimization; sustainable development of the petrochemical industry.
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Dr. Ali Ahmadian
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Bonab, Bonab, Iran
Interests: energy economics; energy and environment; transportation electrification; smart energy hubs; machine learning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The quest for sustainable development requires integrating environmental, economic, and social welfare. Optimal sustainable design and the location of networked facilities and reverse logistics represent important pillars to achieve such integration. Different important factors, such as minimizing the performance costs and environmental pollution and increasing sustainability and reliability should be considered in decision making models. Moreover, critical uncertainties characteristic to the reverse logistics operations should be taken into account in sustainability studies. Furthermore, the risk associated with these uncertain parameters should be managed to reduce the related risk in the uncertain environment, and the flexibility of designed systems should be increased under different conditions. This Special Issue provides an opportunity for researchers to present new optimization models in the sustainable design and location of networked facilities and reverse logistics, to decrease performance cost and environmental pollution and increase sustainability and reliability.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Optimization models for sustainable reverse logistics network design
  • Reverse logistics network design for end-of -life vehicles
  • Network optimization models in waste reverse supply chains
  • Network optimization models in energy supply chains
  • Reverse logistics network design for sustainable treatment of multi-sourced waste
  • Sustainable supply chain network design
  • Sustainable community design
  • Multi-period planning horizon for sustainable development
  • Optimal location of new industries in existing industrial areas
  • Combined facility location and network design
  • Optimization in decentralized production systems

Prof. Dr. Ali Elkamel
Dr. Ali Ahmadian
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • optimization in sustainable design
  • location of networked facilities
  • reverse logistics
  • urban underground logistics network
  • multi-objective optimization
  • cost and pollution minimization
  • increasing the sustainability and reliability
  • uncertainty and risk management
  • environmental regulations

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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