Special Issue "Environmental Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements in Contaminated Soils and 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: 10 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mikael Motelica-Heino
Guest Editor
ISTO UMR 7327 CNRS, University of Orléans, Orléans, France
Interests: trace metals; environmental biogeochemistry and mineralogy; ecodynamic of contaminants; ecological restoration
Prof. Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer
Guest Editor
Bordeaux Imaging Center, PIE, CGFB, UMS3420 CNRS-Université-US4 INSERM, 146 ue L. Saignant, CS 61292, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France
Interests: nanoparticules; colloids; TEM; trace metals; remediation; continental water; soils; emergent contaminants
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Prof. Dr. Fabrice Muller
Guest Editor
ISTO UMR 7327 CNRS, University of Orléans, Orléans, France
Interests: physico-chemistry; environmental mineralogy; water treatement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of indusial societies has led to the extensive and intensive use of metals, but also to widespread pollution. Understanding the transfer, accumulation, and fate of potentially toxic trace elements in the natural environment is necessary in order to assess the risks to ecosystems and human health. Unlike organic compounds that can be brought back to their base elements by combustion, these elements do not get eliminated; they change their chemical form and are always susceptible to remobilization in the environment by natural transformation mechanisms.

In a context of ecological risk assessment, natural environment management, and sustainable development, it is essential to acquire knowledge about the fate of metals in these different abiotic and biotic compartments of soils and water, and to define the mechanisms that condition their transfer; their bioaccumulation capacities; and, ultimately, their toxic and ecotoxicological effects on the different biological levels of integration. Indeed, knowledge of the physical and chemical form of metals, of natural or anthropogenic origin, is essential in order to understand the mechanisms of transfer and accumulation by living organisms. This parameter results from interactions between solutes, mineral surfaces, and organic and biological substances. In addition, the role of the biological component (macro-organisms, micro-organisms, and rhizosphere) in the biogeochemical cycling of these elements has hardly been explored. To answer these questions, it is necessary to characterize the processes that take place at the interfaces between minerals and solution, organisms and solutions, and so on. Their behavior depends on many physical, chemical, and biological processes. The aim is to understand the respective role and the coupling of abiotic and microbiological processes, as well as the role of macro-organisms in their (im) mobilization.

Prof. Dr. Mikael Motelica-Heino
Prof. Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer
Prof. Dr. Fabrice Muller
Guest Editors

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  • potentially toxic trace elements
  • metal(oid)s
  • soils
  • water
  • sediment
  • colloids
  • biogeochemistry
  • micro-organisms
  • redox
  • organic matter
  • minerals
  • bioturbation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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