Special Issue "Emerging Contaminants in the Environment"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Satinder Kaur Brar
Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau, Terre & Environnement/Centre for Water, Earth and Environment, 490 de la Couronne, Québec (Qc), G1K 9A9, Canada
Website: http://www.ete.inrs.ca/satinder-kaur-brar
E-Mail: satinder.brar@ete.inrs.ca
Interests: fermentation; rheology; enzymes; organic acids; biodiesel; biohydrogen; bioethanol; bio-butanol; biopesticides; platform chemicals; advanced oxidation process; biological treatment; hydrolysis; fate and transport of emerging contaminants, such as plasticizers, pharmaceuticals, personal care products in wastewater treatment plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rising evidence shows more and more accumulating chemicals in the environment, which has increased general concern. Everyday household use is leading to trace amounts (in micrograms, nanograms and picograms) of chemicals from these consumer products in the environment comprising soils, water, air and sediments. New analytical capabilities have allowed scientists to identify these chemicals in the environment in extremely small concentrations. Collectively referred to as emerging contaminants, these chemicals have increased their notoriety due to the known and suspected risks they pose to human health and the environment. Despite the known and potential environmental and health risks, the emerging contaminants continue to be widely used in daily used consumer products.

Regardless of recent advances, public health and health care institutions need a better understanding of the vulnerability of these emerging contaminants, which are distributed widely in the environment. Evidence related to their identification, fate and transport in different environmental compartments is a high priority. Studies related to various removal/transformation techniques applicable to the emerging contaminants in the water and wastewater are also important, albeit with a focus on secondary products which can sometimes be potentially more toxic than the original compound. Such enhanced understanding can inform actions to increase population, industry and community resilience to current and future concentrations and better prepare public policy to promulgate regulations on their use and release into the environment.

This special issue will focus on what is known about fate and transport of emerging contaminants in different environmental compartments, bringing out the advances in the removal technologies for these emerging contaminants, at the same time bringing green chemistry process changes to the fore, with a focus on control of their release at source, rather than end-of-the-pipe treatment options. Likewise, the issue will be a collection of the studies carried out on the toxicological aspects of these emerging contaminants, thus projecting the multidisciplinary aspects of this complex subject and making the issue a thorough presentation of the facets of emerging contaminants in the environment.

Dr. Satinder Kaur Brar
Guest Editor


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  • emerging contaminants
  • soils
  • sediments
  • water
  • wastewater
  • wastewater sludge
  • toxicology
  • advanced oxidation process
  • treatment

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10390-10405; doi:10.3390/ijerph111010390
Received: 19 August 2014; in revised form: 24 September 2014 / Accepted: 29 September 2014 / Published: 10 October 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9156-9170; doi:10.3390/ijerph110909156
Received: 12 July 2014; in revised form: 7 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
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