Sources, Fate, and Environmental Impacts of PFAS in Aquatic Ecosystems

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 229

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) are the so-called forever chemicals, as a result of their extremely high persistence in the environment. PFAS are widely used in everyday products, as well as industrial activiites such as fire fighting, hence, PFAS are discharged daily into water and soil environments. In addition, there are evidences that PAFS can migrate to plants and aquaitc organisms, thereby affecting aquatic ecosystems. Extensive research has been conducted on PFAS sources, behaviour and toxicity. However, such studies are often confined to specific environment (water, soil etc), or limited number of compounds (as few as one compound). The presence of multiple PFAS including newer compounds are under-explored, especially their multi-media interactions and mixture effects on plants, animals and potentually human health.

This Special Issue aims to gather current research on PFAS mixtures especially newer compounds in the different environmental compartments, including their sources, environmental behaviour and adverse impacts. Both orignal research and critical review articles are welcome. In addition to experimental studies, modeling work by using machine learning and other AI tools are valuable contributions.

Dr. Mohammad Boshir Ahmed
Prof. Dr. John Zhou
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  • PFAS
  • water quality
  • groundwater
  • toxicity
  • persistence
  • plants
  • remediation

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