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

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Arrebola
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Department of Chemistry and Physics, Universidad de Almeria, Almeria, Spain
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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Keywords

  • 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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Concentration of Organotin and Booster Biocides in Sediments of Seagrass Area from Sungai Pulai Estuary, South of Johor, Malaysia
Environments 2019, 6(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6020026 - 25 Feb 2019
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Antifouling compounds are widely used in paints applied on ship hulls to prevent attachment of fouling organisms. However, a certain amount of these chemicals could leach from the painted surface, enter seawater, and pose deleterious effects on various marine biotas. The present study [...] Read more.
Antifouling compounds are widely used in paints applied on ship hulls to prevent attachment of fouling organisms. However, a certain amount of these chemicals could leach from the painted surface, enter seawater, and pose deleterious effects on various marine biotas. The present study aimed to determine the concentration of organotin (OT) compounds and booster biocides in sediments collected from the seagrass area of Sungai Pulai estuary, Malaysia. The sediment samples were collected from three points on the seagrass bed, brought back to the laboratory, extracted using standard extraction procedure, and the analytes were analysed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method. The results showed that tributyltin (TBT) concentrations in sediments were within the range of 8.1 ± 0.4 to 10.6 ± 0.5 µg/kg, whereas the values of triphenyltin (TPT) were between 17.1 ± 0.9 and 19.4 ± 1.0 µg/kg. The range of concentration of booster biocides, namely diuron, dichlofluanid chlorothalonil, Irgarol 1051, M1, and Sea-Nine 211, were from <0.1 to 22.9 ± 1.1, 48.7 ± 2.4 to 800 ± 40, <0.1 to 6.2 ± 0.3, <0.1 to 1.4 ± 0.1, 44 ± 2.2 to 877 ± 44, and 9.1 ± 0.5 to 170 ± 8.5 µg/kg, respectively. The concentration of organotin was much lower than the previous study conducted in southern Johor. Meanwhile, the increased concentration of booster biocides proves the use of these compounds as antifouling paints in shipping systems nowadays. Full article
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PCBs in Older Buildings: Measuring PCB Levels in Caulk and Window Glazing Materials in Older Buildings
Environments 2019, 6(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6020015 - 31 Jan 2019
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A method for the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in caulk and glazing materials was developed and evaluated by application to a combination of 36 samples of caulk and glazing materials, from four schools in the northeastern area of the United States. Quality [...] Read more.
A method for the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in caulk and glazing materials was developed and evaluated by application to a combination of 36 samples of caulk and glazing materials, from four schools in the northeastern area of the United States. Quality control analysis showed a range of 45 to 170% for spike recovery from the various samples and a range of 10.9 to 20.1% difference in precision among replicates. The result for the samples analyzed showed that three of the four schools sampled contained caulking and glazing materials with levels of PCBs >50 μg/g (range 54.6 μg/g to 445,000 μg/g). Across the four schools, 24% of collected caulk and glazing samples contained elevated PCB levels relative to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) bulk product waste criterion of 50 μg/g under “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.” The PCBs determined in the samples, exhibited characteristic chromatographic patterns similar to those of Aroclors 1242, 1248, 1254, 1260, 1262, and a 1016/1254 mix. Full article
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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 - 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 [...] Read more.
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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