Special Issue "Quantification and Identification of Micro- and Nanoplastics in Environmental Matrices"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 6196
Interests: microplastic pollution; microlitter pollution; additives and plasticizers; microplastic ingestion; method development for microlitter analyses; micro-FTIR spectroscopy; emerging contaminants; trace metals and REEs in environmental matrices
Interests: plasmonics; surface enhanced effects; Raman spectroscopy; sensors; chemosensors
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Microplastics (MPs), especially those below 100 µm (small microplastics, SMPs) and nanoplastics (NPs), are emerging contaminants whose presence is ubiquitous. They represent a concern for seawater, freshwater, sediments, soil, and air, since they may adversely affect ecosystem functions, but they can be a hazard also for biota and human health. Microplastics and nanoplastics (MNPs) can be ingested by various organisms. Invertebrates ingest them according to the size of their mouthparts; hence, MNPs can enter the trophic web, and they may be bioaccumulated and biomagnified, also becoming a risk for human health. MNPs can interact with environmental components, attracting and accumulating other pollutants on their surfaces; they can also be a potential vector of pathogens and viruses, which can accumulate on their surfaces. Moreover, the chemical composition and size of MNPs can play a pivotal role in determining their ecotoxicological risk. Thus, they may become toxicity enhancers.
In the last decade, there has been a shift in the scientific paradigm and goals regarding the investigation of plastic pollution: from the assessment of the presence of MNPs to the quantification and the unambiguous identification of these pollutants in different environmental matrices. However, there are still several gaps to fill for a better understanding of the pathways and destiny of MNPs in the environment and their interactions with organisms.
This Special Issue intends to present the current research on MNPs in different environmental matrices and the possibility of using the results of these studies for a risk assessment. Authors are kindly invited to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications.
Dr. Fabiana Corami
Dr. Lucio Litti
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- aquatic ecosystems
- analytical methodologies
- quality control
- plastic pollution