Special Issue "The Fate and Toxicity of Nanomaterials 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 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maria M. Fidalgo De Cortalezzi
Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, USA
Interests: membrane processes; ceramic materials in water treatment; nanotechnology and the environment
Prof. Dr. Edmund Pool
Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
Interests: ecotoxicology; immunotoxicology; biomarker development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanomaterial applications have grown substantially in the last decades, and today they can be found in a wide variety of fields, from electronics, medical imaging, and drug delivery, to environmental remediation, textiles, cosmetics, and other consumer products. Such ubiquitousness will inevitably result in a nanomaterial presence in nature, where their particular properties and transformations suffered through their use, transport, and disposal will largely determine their impact on the aquatic environment.

Understanding the fate of nanomaterials, their possible exposure routes, accumulation, and environmentally relevant concentrations is essential for the correct assessment of their toxicity. Heteroaggreagation processes, from their interactions with biotic and abiotic natural colloids, are influenced by the complex relationship between nanomaterial surfaces and dissolved water constituents. Although there have been significant efforts devoted to improving our understanding of these processes, questions remain unanswered, and the generalization and predictive capabilities of nanomaterials’ fate and transport are lacking. This knowledge is key to adopt a preventing approach to safer materials by design.

The acute toxicity of nanomaterials has been thoroughly investigated, but much less attention has been given to their potential to modulate biological processes at sub-lethal concentrations. The modulation of the growth, development, reproduction, and immunological response of organisms by nanomaterial exposure needs to be explored in order to prevent potential adverse effects on flora and fauna. This Special Issue will gather together the latest research findings in the field of the fate and toxicity of the nanomaterials in order to advance our understanding of their implications for the aquatic environment.

Prof. Dr. Maria M. Fidalgo De Cortalezzi
Prof. Dr. Edmund Pool
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanoparticle-microorganism interaction
  • homo- and hetero-aggregation
  • nanomaterials occurrence in the natural environment
  • surface modifications and transformation
  • transport of nanomaterials in the environment
  • nanomaterials partition and accumulation
  • property–transport behavior relationships of nanomaterials
  • toxicity
  • sub-lethal effects
  • endocrine disruptor chemicals
  • immunological response

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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