Special Issue "Biotransformation Pathways of Emerging Contaminants"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jeongdae Im

Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University, 2129 Fiedler Hall, 1701C Platt St., Manhattan, KS, USA
Interests: environmental microbiology; biodegradation; emerging contaminants; endocrine-disrupting compounds; greenhouse gases; microbial interactions; molecular biology; meta-omics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Emerging contaminants (ECs) are chemicals and their transformation products that are not commonly monitored in the environment but have the potential to adversely impact ecosystems and human health. They consist of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), pesticides, flame retardants, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The occurrence of ECs in the urban, rural, or even remote environments has become a significant environmental issue in recent years. In nature, microbial degradation is one of the most important processes controlling the fate and transport of chemical contaminants, and from an engineer’s perspective, it is the most promising approach, as it is the most effective, least hazardous, and most environmentally friendly.

This Special Issue will concentrate on highlighting timely research studies on biotransformation pathways of these contaminants. Authors are invited to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications. Topics may include, but are not limited to, ecological, biochemical, genetic, and applied aspects of EC biotransformation, either at the microbial community or individual strain level. We hope that this Issue will become a major point of discussion for the broader scientific community working in ECs.

Dr. Jeongdae Im
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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. Toxics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1400 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.


  • emerging contaminants
  • degradation
  • biodegradation
  • biotransformation
  • pathway
  • water
  • soil
  • metabolic degradation
  • co-metabolic degradation
  • enzymes

Published Papers

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