Special Issue "Emerging Contaminants (ECs) in Water"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Miren López de Alda Villaizán
Guest Editor
Water, Environmental and Food Chemistry Unit (ENFOCHEM), Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), C/ Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: environmental analytical chemistry; priority and emerging organic contaminants (polar pesticides, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, cytostatics, estrogens, endocrine disrupting compounds, Watch List); advanced analytical techniques (online solid phase extraction, liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry, Orbitrap MS); water quality, reuse, and management; environmental monitoring; risk assessment; sewage epidemiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Emerging contaminants—or contaminants of emerging concern as some researchers prefer to say—include a wide variety of chemicals of different origin (agricultural, industrial, urban) that have been found in the aquatic environment and have raised concerns among scientists, regulators, and the society in general, due to the potential negative effects that their presence in the water cycle can have on the environment and human health. Chemical substances falling under this category include pesticides, flame retardants, detergents, plasticizers, anticorrosives, microplastics, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, psychiatric drugs, chemotherapy agents, analgesics, lipid regulators, etc.), illicit drugs, personal care products, artificial sweeteners, estrogens, endocrine disrupting compounds in general, disinfection byproducts, and transformation products of the above, among others. The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together recent research and reviews into the occurrence of these kinds of contaminants in the water cycle (including waste, regenerated, rain, surface, ground, drinking water, etc.) and the associated risks, as well as possible ways/treatments to counteract them. Submissions addressing their analysis, available certified/standard reference materials, environmental modeling and prediction, prioritization, and sewage epidemiology are also welcome.

Dr. Miren Lopez De Alda
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • emerging contaminants
  • endocrine disruptors
  • water quality
  • environmental monitoring
  • environmental modeling
  • environmental risk assessment
  • water analysis
  • water treatment
  • sewage epidemiology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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