Special Issue "Analysis of Environmental Pollutants"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Arrebola

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Universidad de Almeria, Almeria, Spain
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Interests: analysis of organic pollutants and metabolites in environmental and agri-food samples; chromatographic techniques coupled to low and high resolution mass spectrometry; classification of samples, fraud and adulteration detection; biomonitoring of pesticides and metabolites in biological samples

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental Science has increased its significance and interest in the last few decades. Dangerous organic and inorganic pollutants are present in most of the environmental compartments (atmospheric, aquatic and soil), including wildlife. They are causing a negative effect on environmental and human health. Analytical chemistry plays a relevant role in order to preserve the health of the ecosystem and therefore, human and animal life quality. Analytical tools can offer valid information for reducing pollutants presence in environment, improving decontamination processes, and even, reform current legislation in order to promote a greener production and lifestyle. This Special Issue aims to present articles related to the analysis of any inorganic and organic pollutant (including priority and emerging pollutants) in environmental samples, recycling and decontamination processes, cases of study, etc.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Arrebola
Guest Editor

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  • Sampling in environmental analysis
  • Sample treatment in environmental analysis
  • Gaseous pollutants in air
  • Pollutants in waters
  • Pollutants in soils
  • Speciation in environmental analysis
  • Priority and emerging pollutants
  • Recycling and decontamination processes

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Open AccessArticle Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Associated with PM2.5 in Guadalajara, Mexico: Environmental Levels, Health Risks and Possible Sources
Environments 2018, 5(5), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments5050062
Received: 26 April 2018 / Revised: 16 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 19 May 2018
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PM2.5 samples were collected from January 2009 to January 2010 at two sampling sites located in the downtown (Centro) and toward the southwest (Miravalle) in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The environmental concentrations of 14 selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PM
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PM2.5 samples were collected from January 2009 to January 2010 at two sampling sites located in the downtown (Centro) and toward the southwest (Miravalle) in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The environmental concentrations of 14 selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PM2.5 were identified and quantified. The most abundant PAHs in PM2.5 samples were benzo[ghi]perylene, indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene and benzo[k]fluoranthene, accounting for approximately 75% of the total PAHs. The total PAH concentrations at the two sampling sites ranged from 0.65 to 19.62 ng·m−3. Spatial variations were found during the dry-warm season, which were attributed mainly to differing intensities of local traffic and less dispersion of air pollutants in Miravalle. Seasonal variations were associated with increases in rainfall (June-September) and differences in temperature (January–May and October–January). The benzo(a)pyrene-equivalent (BaPE) and BaP results suggest that exposure to PM2.5-containing carcinogenic PAHs (C-PAHs) in Miravalle during the warm-dry and cold-dry seasons can be seen as representing a serious risk to human health. The contributions from potential sources to PAHs in PM2.5 were evaluated by the diagnostic ratios between PAHs and principal component analysis (PCA). In the whole sampling period, vehicular emission activity, probably related to light and heavy traffic, was found to be the predominant contributor to PM2.5-bound PAHs. Full article
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