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Special Issue "Organic Pollutant Analysis in the Environment"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sandra Pérez
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Guest Editor
Water, Environmental and Food Chemistry (ENFOCHEM), Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Organic contaminants; fate and transformation; aquatic environment; biota; high resolution mass spectrometry
Dr. Nicola Montemurro
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Environmental and Food Chemistry (ENFOCHEM); Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: wastewater reuse; pharmaceuticals; plant uptake; soil contamination; LC-HRMS/MS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, increasing numbers of water-soluble organic pollutants have been found in the environment. In fact, wastewater is considered the main source of water-soluble organic pollutants such as human drugs, which unfortunately are not completely removed during traditional wastewater treatment processes.

Due to their presence in wastewater effluents, these pollutants can thus easily reach the aquatic environment, spreading their adverse effects on aquatic organisms such as fish or invertebrates. Alternatively, following the reuse of wastewater in agriculture, they can end up in the soil and be taken up by crops, posing a potential risk to plants and humans.

Although there is a lack of legislation globally on minimum requirements for drugs and other wastewater borne pollutants, monitoring and surveillance of these contaminants are critical to assess environmental risk and support governments in establishing drug regulation in the aquatic environment. Currently, the scarcity of sensitive multiresidue analytical methods represents the bottleneck for the comprehensive screening of thousands of pollutants. Nonetheless, the latest advances in chromatographic techniques and mass spectrometry tools have facilitated the separation and detection of compounds from all types of environmental matrices, even at the trace level. Additionally, LC-HRMS/MS systems (QTOF and Orbitrap analyzers) offer increased reliability by providing the ability to perform suspect or non-target screening.

Hence, we are pleased to invite you to contribute with original research papers or review papers to this Special Issue of Molecules, addressing the topic of surveillance of organic pollutants, including pharmaceutical substances and organic polar compounds in the environment and novel analytical procedures for their quantification as well as their detection in different matrices.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Pérez
Guest Editor

Dr. Nicola Montemurro
Assistant Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • organic contaminants
  • waters
  • crops
  • fish
  • sample preparation and extraction
  • low- and high-resolution mass spectrometry
  • target analysis
  • suspect screening
  • non-target analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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