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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Special Issue: Microplastic and nanoplastic pollution: characterization, transport, fate, and remediation strategies
Journal:Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Guest Editors:

Dr. Wen Zhang, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, North Carolina State University
Dr. Yang Li, Beijing Normal University

Plastics continues to have a role in human society, but the development of alternative products and reduction in plastic use must become a global sustainability priority due to the recognized pollution of microplastics or ultrafine plastic particles. Microplastic (< 5 mm) particles have been detected in the aquatic environment globally and have raised scientific interest during the last few decades. Microplastics (MPs) can enter rivers through a variety of pathways (e.g., wastewater effluent, breakdown of plastic debris) and can negatively impact aquatic organisms through both direct injection with food and indirect contamination from absorbed toxins. MPs can absorb heavy metals, pathogens, and organic contaminants, mainly persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that can be ingested by organisms and introduced into the food web. Meanwhile, MPs may also release potentially toxic substances (e.g., plasticizers, flame retardants and antimicrobial agents) during weathering and degradation. An increasing number of papers are being published during the last years related to the effects of MPs as well as with synergistic effects when associated with MPs and their byproducts such as nanometer sized plastics or nanoplastics. This special issue aims to collect and report state-of-the art information on various topics of microplastic or nanoplastic pollution, characteristic, and environmental fate in the water environment. The information will be critical for scientists, business leaders, legislators, and the public are to explore and develop solutions that lessen society’s plastic footprint.

Typical topics may include, but not limited to,

  1. Characterization (e.g., identification, visualization, and quantification) of anthropogenic plastic particles in water environment.
  2. Chemical, photochemical, and biological transformation in natural environmental processes
  3. New sampling and analytical methodologies that can accurately identify MPs in diver matrixes (e.g., water, sediment, biota)
  4. Remediation strategies for recovery and breakdown to inert species
  5. Renewable energy production and resource recovery from plastic wastes
  6. New business approaches to plastic waste and recycling, and regulatory approaches to deal with plastic pollution.

Open date for submissions: October 1, 2020

Submission window close day: May 15, 2021 (Now extended to the end of August 2021)

The papers for this special issue can be submitted to FESE via:

Please select the type of manuscript: “Microplastics” in the list of ongoing special issues. 

After a positive review and peer reviewers’ approval, the revised articles will be published immediately in the online Special Issue of FESE that builds up until the expected publication in 2021.

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