Special Issue "Environmental Risk of Nanoparticles in Aquatic Ecosystems: Bringing Together Exposure and Effects"

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecotoxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2023) | Viewed by 238

Special Issue Editors

Department F.-A. Forel for Environmental and Aquatic Sciences, University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: aquatic chemistry; nanoparticle characterization; ecotoxicology; eco-bio corona; bioaccumulation; aquatic invertebrates; microalgae
Department of Environment and Agronomy, National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Carretera de la Coruña Km 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: aquatic toxicity; bioaccumulation; fish; cytotoxicity; fish cell lines; nanomaterials; mycotoxins; biocides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanoscale particulate contaminants (NPs) such as metallic nanoparticles and nanoplastics are categorized as emerging pollutants which have the potential to enter the environment and cause known or assumed adverse ecological effects due to their increasing use in consumer products and industrial applications. Aquatic ecosystems are among the most vulnerable to contamination because they receive and accumulate large amounts of pollutants, including NPs, from rainfall, surface runoff, subsurface seepage, or wastewater discharge. NPs may undergo different environmental processes in the aquatic system, consequently changing their mobility, bioavailability, and toxicity to organisms. Additionally, the transformation of NPs depends on the physicochemical properties of NPs (e.g., size, charge, surface coating, concentration) of NPs and water conditions (e.g., ionic strength, pH, natural organic matter). The environmental transformations might determine the residence time of NPs in the water bodies, which is related to the bioavailability of targets benthic or pelagic organisms, leading to their biological outcomes in organism/cells.

In this Special Issue, we are pleased to invite you to submit your research (original research articles and reviews) on the transformation, bioaccumulation, and risk assessment of NPs, addressing any aspects of this field of study. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Environmental transformation of NPs in various environmental matrices (e.g., freshwater, seawater, water–sediment interface);
  • Acute and/or chronic exposure at lethal or/and sublethal ecotoxicity endpoints;
  • Exposure and effects modeling;
  • Transfer of NPs into the food chain.

Dr. Wei Liu
Dr. María Luisa Fernández-Cruz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanoparticles
  • aquatic environment
  • exposure scenarios
  • environmental transformations
  • biomolecules corona
  • risk assessment

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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