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Special Issue "Fate of Organosilicon Compounds in the Environment"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Przemysław Drzewicz
Guest Editor
Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, Rakowiecka 4, 00-975 Warszawa, Poland
Interests: environmental analytical chemistry; geoanalytical chemistry; advanced oxidation processes; emerging environmental pollutants
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 1863, two scientists, C. Friedel and J.M. Crafts, synthesized the organic silicon compound tetraethyl silane (C2H5)4Si for the first time. In 1945, the direct synthesis of chlorosilanes in the presence of a catalyst started the modern organic silicon industry. The application of the hydrosilation reaction for the generation of organic silicone in 1947 and thermal condensation production of organic silicon monomer in 1950 opened the way for various organosilicon products, such as organosilicon surfactant applied in personal care products, medicine, pesticide formulations, and organosilicon based grease, oils, various polymers, resins, rubber, and caulk. Hitherto, organosilicon linkage is not found in nature; thus, it was believed that those compounds do not degrade in the environment. However, the problems with valorization engines related to the presence of volatile organic silicon compounds in biogas from landfills and wastewater treatment plants revealed a lack of knowledge on the fate of organosilicon compounds in the environment.              

This Special Issue will publish outstanding papers presenting the latest research on the fate of organosilicon compounds in the environments.The Special Issue will collect review articles and research papers on topics that include, but are not limited to the following:

  •   Hydrolysis and photodegradation of organosilicon compounds and toxicity of formed by-products.
  •   Radical-induced degradation of organosilicon compounds and toxicity of formed byproducts.
  •   Biochemistry of organosilicon compounds.
  •   Biodegradation of organosilicon compounds.
  •   Atmospheric chemistry of volatile organosilicon compounds.
  •   Analytical methods for the determination of organosilicon compounds and their degradation products in biological and environmental samples.

Dr. Przemysław Drzewicz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • organosilicon compounds
  • organosilicon surfactants
  • polydimethylsiloxanes
  • volatile organosilicon compounds
  • alkyl siloxanes
  • volatile methylsiloxanes
  • organosilicon polymers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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