Special Issue "Microplastics in Aquatic Environments and Wastewater Treatment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water and Wastewater Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Teresa Rocha-Santos
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Guest Editor
Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) & Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Tel. +351919937268
Interests: plastics; microplastics; development of analytical methodologies fit for purpose; fate and behavior of organic contaminants in the environment and during wastewater treatment
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Prof. Dr. Catherine Mouneyrac
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Guest Editor
Université Catholique de l’Ouest, France
Interests: plastics; microplastics; nanoplastics; nanomaterials; coastal and estuarine ecotoxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleauges,

Microplastics are contaminants in aquatic environments originating both from intentional production or fragmentation of larger plastics. Their accumulation and persistence in the environment and their potential to interact with other pollutants and organisms, as well as to change the abiotic characteristics of ecosystems, can lead to environmental consequences. Source identification and mapping are priorities, as they are critical steps for the reduction of microplastic inputs. It is estimated that over 80% of plastic pollution originates inland, being carried by rivers to the oceans. However, limited knowledge is available on the contribution of rivers to (micro)plastic pollution and its impact on the concentration found in coastal areas. Therefore, more research is needed in order to understand inland contributions (e.g., from rivers, wastewater, and rainwater) to microplastic pollution. Manuscripts regarding all aspects related to microplastic pollution, including analytical methodologies for sampling, characterization and analysis of microplastics, ecotoxicological evaluation of microplastic impacts, and microplastics as vectors of environmental contaminants and microorganisms, will be considered for publication. Both research and review papers are welcome.

Dr. Teresa Rocha-Santos
Prof. Dr. Catherine Mouneyrac
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • microplastics
  • water
  • wastewater
  • analytical chemistry
  • ecotoxicology
  • environment, human health effects

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Microplastic Fibers Released by Textile Laundry: A New Analytical Approach for the Determination of Fibers in Effluents
Water 2019, 11(10), 2088; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102088 - 07 Oct 2019
Abstract
The detection of shedded fibers in effluents from textile washing has attracted much attention due to its reported contribution to microplastic pollution. Commonly used analytical methods for fiber detection in liquids are based on filtration with subsequent microscopic analysis and/or gravimetric weighing. These [...] Read more.
The detection of shedded fibers in effluents from textile washing has attracted much attention due to its reported contribution to microplastic pollution. Commonly used analytical methods for fiber detection in liquids are based on filtration with subsequent microscopic analysis and/or gravimetric weighing. These approaches are time-consuming and prone to errors. In this study, an approach based on dynamic image analysis was applied in order to set up an efficient method to analyze fibers in effluents from washing processes. In an initial validation step, reliable information on the counts of fibers and the morphological characteristics were confirmed. For wastewaters from polyester-cotton blends, the chemical nature of the fiber debris (natural vs. synthetic origin) was determined by combining the dynamic image analysis with a chemical pre-treatment. In this study, dynamic image analysis was revealed as a rapid, non-destructive, precise, and reliable technology for the characterization and quantification of the fiber debris, offering a promising approach for fiber analysis in liquids. Full article
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