Special Issue "Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Sources, Monitoring, and Health Effects"
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: 31 October 2021.
Leading Guest Editor
Interests: environmental toxicology; per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); biomonitoring; analytical chemistry
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous environmental pollutants with certain or possible carcinogenicity and mutagenicity. PAHs mostly originate from petrogenic and pyrolysis processes. The combustion of fossil fuels and biomass contributes greatly to emissions. After entering the atmosphere, gaseous and particulate PAHs can undergo homogeneous or heterogeneous oxidation to produce derivatives such as nitrated and oxygenated PAHs, which have direct-acting mutagenicity and are important intermediates of secondary aerosols. Exposure to airborne PAHs and their derivatives results in adverse health outcomes for susceptible and occupational groups and increases health risks for the general population. In addition, the short- and long-range transport of PAHs raises challenges for changing the composition and toxicity of local and regional aerosols. Meanwhile, parent and substituted PAHs in the atmosphere can be deposited into soil or water to participate in the ecological circulation. Consequently, PAHs pose a serious threat to both ecosystems and humans. At present, there are large uncertainties in the source, fate, and health effects of PAHs in the environment under the combined action of mixed primary emissions, secondary formation, and complex meteorology. Therefore, this Special Issue aims to solicit research on these issues from different disciplines and regions in order to improve our understanding of the characteristics, variation trends, and impact of PAHs, and hence to support air pollution mitigation strategies.
Prof. Ning Tang
Prof. Seiya Nagao
Dr. Masato Honda
Dr. Lulu Zhang
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- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- oxygenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- environmental pollution
- source apportionment
- long-range transportation atmospheric reaction
- health effects
- respiratory diseases
- cardiovascular diseases