Special Issue "Isotopic Fingerprinting of Metals: From Environment to Human Body"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Dr. George D. Kamenov
We mine and use vast amounts of metals and other raw materials at present. As a result, the natural geochemical cycles of a number of metals in the modern environment are altered, or even dominated, by anthropogenic activities. Recent developments in mass-spectrometry, in particular MC-ICP-MS and TIMS, allow us to measure isotope abundances of a number of metals with unprecedented precision and accuracy in various environmental and biological samples. The goal of this special issue is to create a forum to highlight new developments in using traditional (e.g., Sr, Pb, Nd) and non-traditional (e.g., Li, Mg, Si, Ca, Cr, Fe, Cu, Zn, Mo, Hg, U) isotopes for tracing metals from the environment to the human body. These recent advances can be highlighted with publications of new research findings on the following topics:
- Novel use of traditional radiogenic isotopes such as high-precision Pb isotopes or Sr or Nd isotopes for exploring exposure and metal sources to humans.
- Use of Hg and U isotopes for source identification and pathways for human exposure.
- Use of non-traditional isotopes, such as Li, Si, Mg, Cr, Fe, Zn, Cu, Mo for deciphering metal sources and pathways from the environment to humans.
- Analytical advances in measurements of traditional and non-traditional isotopes in environmental and biological samples.
- Theoretical considerations examining fractionation of non-traditional metal isotopes in environmental and biological samples.
In addition, reviews on any of the above topics are also welcomed. The ultimate goal of this Special Issue is to show how we can use isotope information to decipher what controls the abundance and isotopic composition of metals in the modern environment, and ultimately, how these metals enter the human body.
Dr. George D. Kamenov
Dr. Laura S. Ruhl
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- radiogenic isotopes
- non-traditional metal isotopes
- isotope tracing
- environmental exposure
- metal sources to humans
- medical geology
- geology and health
- isotopic fingerprints