Special Issue "Human Exposure to Emerging Flame Retardants and Alternative Plasticizers"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Karthikraj Rajendiran
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Guest Editor
Division of Environmental Health Sciences, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, Albany, USA
Interests: plasticizers; emerging pollutants; endocrine disrupting chemicals; melamine; analytical toxicology
Dr. Tao Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Interests: emerging flame retardants; human exposure; sources analysis; metabolism; E-waste toxins
Dr. Un-Jung Kim
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Arlington, USA
Interests: environmental fate; flame retardants; passive sampling; exposure assessment; transformation products
Dr. Maria Pilar Martinez-Moral
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Guest Editor
Center for Biomedical Research of La Rioja, Department of Oncology, Logrono, Spain
Interests: flame retardants; phthalates; bisphenols; oxidative stress markers; PFAS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue on “Human Exposure to Emerging Flame Retardants and Alternative Plasticizers” for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

Some of the chemicals that have been used in consumer products have been found to be toxic, and their exposure in humans is linked to various environmental diseases, such as hormonal dysfunction, neurological disorders, kidney diseases, and various cancers. Hence, there has been a rapid increase in the replacement of such harmful chemicals with alternative chemicals in consumer products. However, the toxicity profiles of such emerging alternative chemicals are often either unclear, or they tend to possess similar toxicity to the original toxic chemicals. Thus, it is important to assess the exposure levels and sources of such emerging replacement chemicals and their associated impacts on human health. Among environmental chemicals, plasticizers and flame retardants are a group of high production volume chemicals that have been extensively used for domestic and industrial purposes. In recent decades, some of the harmful legacy chemicals used as plasticizers and flame retardants have been replaced with several alternatives, leading to inevitable exposure to these emerging chemicals in humans and their potential release into the environment. However, there is still a dearth of information on some of these replacement chemicals, such as their exposure levels in various populations, cumulative risk assessments, associated biomarkers, health outcomes, exposure pathways, toxicological effects, reference doses, threshold values, etc.

Therefore, this Special Issue is mainly focused on research works addressing these critical issues and expanding the knowledge of emerging replacement chemicals. Studies on target compounds such as OPFRs, NBFRs, polychlorinated flame retardants (Dechlorane Plus), TBBPA, HBCDs, PFAS replacements, melamine, DINCH, BPA alternatives, terephthalate, and other emerging relevant chemicals will be given high priority. We encourage the submission of original research or review articles emphasizing these emerging contaminants using biomonitoring studies (including metabolites and transformation products in humans), epidemiological investigations and other exposome approaches, exposure assessment studies (via food and environmental monitoring), and data-mining and informatics approaches to this Special Issue. Manuscripts reporting novel analytical methods (sampling and analytical strategies) and toxicological studies conducted on these emerging chemicals and their metabolites are also welcomed.

Dr. Karthikraj Rajendiran
Dr. Tao Zhang
Dr. Un-Jung Kim
Dr. Maria Pilar Martinez-Moral
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • phthalate replacement
  • alternative flame retardants
  • biomonitoring studies
  • human health
  • exposure pathways
  • risk assessment
  • cohort study
  • metabolite toxicity
  • data mining
  • oxidative stress markers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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