Special Issue "Heavy Metals and Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) in Water"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017).
Interests: environmental geochemistry & health; risk assesment & communication; environmental and resource management; societal impact; urban devleopment and planning
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The term “Heavy Metal” relates to metallic chemical elements of relatively high density and toxicity at low concentrations. The presence of elements, such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic chromium thallium, and lead in water, can lead to direct toxicity or enter the food chain and bioaccumulate. Other trace elements are essential for metabolic function but become toxic at higher concentrations. A broader definition of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) recognises that exposure leads to a range of doses of numerous elements. They can enter the water system through direct waste release from industrial or consumer discharges, deposition from the atmosphere near emission sources, the weathering of rocks and mineral constituents, naturally or enhanced through environmental disturbance such as from mining or acid rain. Their migration within the aqueous environment is controlled by many variables driven by the chemical reactivity of the element and detailed environmental conditions, such as composition of the water, and isolation from surface environments. This Special Issue will provide a forum for publications on topics related advancing our understanding of the release and transport of elements, chemical species and compounds where the aquatic system is the dominant environmental medium. This may relate to both field studies and laboratory experiments, new tools and techniques and examples of studies of leaching and transport, modeling of chemical species reactivity, bioaccumulation and effects on wider ecosystems and human health. The reports should be scientifically rigorous and hypothesis driven, providing demonstrable contributions to new knowledge and fall within the wider scope and aims of the journal.
Prof. Dr. Andrew Hursthouse
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. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2000 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.
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