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Recently published articles from Emerging Contaminants.

Evaluation of antioxidant enzymes performances and DNA damage induced by bisphenol A and diisobutylphthalate in Hyperiodrilus africanus-earthworms

2020
Olanrewaju Olujimi | Rhoda Ayoola | Oluwafunmilayo Olayinka | Oluwatosin Dosumu | Solomon Rotimi | Adeyinka Aladesida

Bisphenol A (BPA) and diisobuthylphthalate (DIBP) have found wide applications as plasticizers; however, they are covalently bonded to materials and are subsequently leached into the environment....

Photolysis of hexamethylenediaminetetra(methylenephosphonic acid) (HDTMP) using manganese and hydrogen peroxide

2020
Ramona Kuhn | Isaac Mbir Bryant | Robert Jensch | Stephan Liebsch | Marion Martienssen

Aminophosphonates such as hexamethylenediaminetreta(methylene phosphonic acid) (HDTMP) are categorised as persistent substances. They are commonly used as scale inhibitors in cooling water systems and...

Intensification of the degradation of Acid RED-18 using hydrodynamic cavitation

2020
Prashant B. Dhanke | Sameer M. Wagh

In this work degradation of Acid Red-18 (AR-18) was examined in the hydrodynamic cavitation reactor. Orifice plates with different holes geometry are used to determine the optimum plate to carry out...

Concentrations of phthalates metabolites in blood and semen and the potential effects on semen concentration and motility among residents of the Pearl River Delta region in China

2020
Xiaofei Song | Qiongfang Zhuo | Shaoyu Tang | Tianfa Xie | Zhiyuan Chen | Zhijun Zang | Yanan Zhang | Xiaojun Niu | Hua Yin | Feng Zeng | Chang He

Exposure to phthalate acid esters (PAEs) has been found to have adverse effects on reproduction of human and animal. However, the effects on the semen quality are controversial. In this study, we have...

Use of simulated sunlight radiation and hydrogen peroxide in azithromycin removal from aqueous solutions: Optimization & mineralization analysis

2020
Pablo Andrés Cano | Marcela Jaramillo-Baquero | Henry Zúñiga-Benítez | Yudy A. Londoño | Gustavo A. Peñuela

Azithromycin (AZT) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic from the group of macrolides that acts against several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which has promoted its use in the treatment of different...

Degradation of a persistent organic pollutant perfluorooctane sulphonate with Ti/SnO2–Sb2O5/PbO2-PTFE anode

2020
Qiongfang Zhuo | Jiao Han | Junfeng Niu | Junping Zhang

PbO2-poly tetra fluoro ethylene (PTFE) coating anode was prepared through electrodeposition method, which involved the use of scanning electron microscope, linear sweep voltammetry, contact angle, and...

Leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether and hexabromocyclododecane from fabrics under simulated landfill conditions

2020
Stuart Harrad | Daniel S. Drage | Martin Sharkey | Harald Berresheim

A series of laboratory experiments were conducted to examine the leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) from a mix of three fabrics. Consistent with previous...

Free-range chicken eggs as a bioindicator of dioxin contamination in Vietnam, including long-term Agent Orange impact

2020
Anastasia D. Kudryavtseva | Andrey A. Shelepchikov | Efim S. Brodsky

PCDD/Fs contamination of free-range chicken eggs and soils from private Vietnam households was studied. The possibility of using free-range eggs as bio-indicators of dioxin contamination was considered...

Development and application of a SPE-LC-QTOF method for the quantification of micropollutants of emerging concern in drinking waters from the Brazilian capital

2020
Fernando Fabriz Sodré | Thiago Rosa Sampaio

The Brazilian Federal District is located under a savannah climate characterized by an intense dry season, resulting in severe problems related to water availability. This situation motivates the search...

Disposal of waste-based fuels and raw materials in cement plants in Germany and Switzerland – What can be learned for global co-incineration practice and policy?

2020
Josef Waltisberg | Roland Weber

The limit value for emissions of total organic carbon (TOC) for incinerators in the European Union (EU) is 10 mg/m3. However, clinker burning is a material conversion process during which TOC emissions...

Comprehensive monitoring of chlorinated aromatic and heteroaromatic pollutants at sites contaminated by chlorine production processes to inform policy making

2020
Takumi Takasuga | Hiroaki Takemori | Teru Yamamoto | Kazuo Higashino | Yuko Sasaki | Roland Weber

The production of chlorine by the chlor-alkali process using graphite electrodes was one of the largest sources of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDFs) in history with estimates...

First determination of the highly genotoxic fungal contaminant altertoxin II in a naturally infested apple sample

2020
Hannes Puntscher | Doris Marko | Benedikt Warth

Altertoxin II is an epoxide-holding perylene quinone and secondary metabolite produced by Alternaria molds. Its genotoxic potential and the high concentrations determined in laboratory fungal cultures...

Occurrence, seasonal variation and human exposure to pharmaceuticals and personal care products in surface water, groundwater and drinking water in Lagos State, Nigeria

2020
Anekwe Jennifer Ebele | Temilola Oluseyi | Daniel S. Drage | Stuart Harrad | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah

The occurrence of 28 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) was investigated in 17 surface water samples (rivers, canals, and lagoons), 12 groundwater samples (wells and boreholes, which...

Toxicological effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on plant growth promoting soil bacteria

2020
Sangeeta Chavan | Vishwas Sarangdhar | Vigneshwaran Nadanathangam

Emerging contaminants like metal nanoparticles get introduced into soil through different routes. Toxic effects of these contaminants on plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), which influence plant...

Mixtures of tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium chloride and ammonium influence plankton community structure in blackwater pond mesocosms

2020
Marina N. Osier | Risa A. Cohen

Mixtures of chemicals from human sources are pervasive in aquatic systems, yet their effects on aquatic communities are relatively understudied. Emerging contaminants such as organophosphorus flame-retardants...

Spatial distribution, patterns and source contributions of POPs in the atmosphere of Great Mendoza using the WRF/CALMET/CALPUFF modelling system

2020
M.F. Ruggeri | N.B. Lana | J.C. Altamirano | S.E. Puliafito

Global monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has allowed the knowledge of levels and distribution around the world as well as the understanding of its transport through the atmosphere....

Chlorinated paraffins in the technosphere: A review of available information and data gaps demonstrating the need to support the Stockholm Convention implementation

2020
Yago Guida | Raquel Capella | Roland Weber

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) have been produced for a wide range of applications, mostly in open uses, such as metalworking fluids, lubricants, coolants or additives in consumer goods. The production...

Degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorphenol by producing hydrogen using ultrasonic mist generated from photocatalysts suspension

2020
Huihui Li | Xin Chang | Yuanzheng Zhang | Siyao Zhang | Yunrong Dai | Lifeng Yin

Photocatalytic hydrogen production synergized with the oxidation of pollutants is an environmentally friendly and economical approach to generate clean energy and remove the pollution from environment....

Preparation of ferric oxide-aluminium oxide carbon nanofiber nanocomposites for ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction of 17-beta estradiol in wastewater

2020
Malesela William Lekota | Anele Mpupa | K. Mogolodi Dimpe | Philiswa N. Nomngongo

In this work, Fe3O4-Al2O3@CNFs nanocomposite was synthesised and used as a nanosorbent in the ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction (UA-DMSPE) of 17-beta estradiol (E2) in wastewater...

Health risk assessments of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated/brominated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban air particles in a haze frequent area in China

2020
Miwei Shi | Rongzhi Zhang | Yunxia Wang | Yan Zhang | Yuan Zhang | Yanjie Zhang

The potential threats of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and chlorinated/brominated PAHs (Cl/Br-PAHs) to human health from particulate matter in the urban ambient air were studied using human...

Mercury speciation in aquatic environment south eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt

2020
Maha Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah

This study aims to describe distribution and speciation of Hg in coastal water, fish and sediments from the Western harbour (main harbour) in Egypt and has been studied in two surveys. The slightly...

Emerging contaminants as global environmental hazards. A bibliometric analysis

2020
Howard Ramírez-Malule | Diego H. Quiñones-Murillo | Diego Manotas-Duque

This paper presents a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed scientific literature on emerging contaminants published from 2000 through 2019. A total of 4968 documents (among research articles and review...

MiADMSA minimizes arsenic induced bone degeneration in Sprague Dawley rats

2020
Shashikanta Sau | K.B. Sathua | S.J.S. Flora

Arsenic considered as one of the most hazardous chemical while arsenic poisoning is also one of the serious medical issues worldwide. Long term arsenic exposure is associated with bone degeneration....

Wastewater treatment plants and release: The vase of Odin for emerging bacterial contaminants, resistance and determinant of environmental wellness

2020
Bright E. Igere | Anthony I. Okoh | Uchechukwu U. Nwodo

Municipal wastewater consists of a downstream collection of flushed sewage (without solid waste), other household runoffs, industrial runoffs, hospital runoffs and agricultural runoffs through an underground...

Ozone and ozone/hydrogen peroxide treatment to remove gemfibrozil and ibuprofen from treated sewage effluent: Factors influencing bromate formation

2020
Hajar Farzaneh | Kavithaa Loganathan | Jayaprakash Saththasivam | Gordon McKay

Reuse of treated sewage effluent is an important option to overcome water scarcity. Conventional wastewater treatment methods are inadequate for the removal of several persistent contaminants such as...

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics: Benefit and risk

Available online 16 June 2020
Joseph A. Charbonnet | Roland Weber | Arlene Blum

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics were established in an attempt to mitigate fire risk. However, research suggests that some of these flammability standards should...

Role of organic amendments in reducing leaching of sulfosulfuron through wheat crop cultivated soil

2019
Varsha Joshi | Archana Suyal | Anjana Srivastava | Prakash Chandra Srivastava

A field study with wheat crop was undertaken to examine the efficacy of two soil amendments, cereal straw and fresh cow dung slurry, in reducing leaching of sulfosulfuron to groundwater and its residue...

Senecio bonariensis Hook. & Arn. promising arsenic phytoextractor from water in laboratory and field trials

2019
Vanesa Pérez Cuadra | Viviana Cambi | Martín Espósito | María Gabriela Sica | Magalí Verolo | Amira Siniscalchi | Elisa Rosalia Parodi

The use of plant species to cleanse groundwater with excessive concentrations of arsenic (As) derived from contact with weathered materials has become a valuable option to treat it. The aim of this...

Distribution, sources and risk of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in indoor dusts from electronic repair workshops in southern Nigeria

2019
Chukwujindu M.A. Iwegbue | Grace Obi | Stephen A. Uzoekwe | Francis E. Egobueze | Eze W. Odali | Godswill O. Tesi | Godwin E. Nwajei | Bice S. Martincigh

This study evaluates the characteristic levels, sources and risk of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in indoor dusts from electronic repair workshops in southern Nigeria. The...

Study on photodegradation pathway and mechanism of 2,2′,4,4′-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether

2019
Peng-Yan Liu | Yan-Na Zhang | Zhen Gao | Zhan-Sheng Li

This paper focuses on the pathway, the kinetic laws and the mechanisms of BDE-47 photo-degradation in the environment. By changing the degradation conditions (such as light sources, solvents, inorganic...

Degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid by UV 253.7 and UV-H2O2: Reaction kinetics and effects of interfering substances

2019
Asok Adak | Indrasis Das | Bijoli Mondal | Suman Koner | Pallab Datta | Lee Blaney

This work investigates the degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D) using UV irradiation and the UV-H2O2 advanced oxidation process (AOP). For UV irradiation at 253.7 nm, ∼66% degradation...

Application of self-supplying iron cathode prepared by gas sludge in Electro-Fenton

2019
Lichao Zhou | Yuwen Xiao | Jiaxiang Liang | Diyong Tang | Jie Sun

This study is a new method for recovery and utilization of waste gas sludge from iron and steel industry. Because the gas sludge contains iron and carbon elements, the gas sludge is prepared into an...

Levels and trends of current-use pesticides (CUPs) in the arctic: An updated review, 2010–2018

2019
Jennifer E. Balmer | Adam D. Morris | Hayley Hung | Liisa Jantunen | Katrin Vorkamp | Frank Rigét | Marlene Evans | Magali Houde | Derek C.G. Muir

Global regulations and many regional and national controls restrict the use of substances that exhibit the potential for environmental persistence and long-range transport. Nevertheless, many current-use...

A review of halogenated natural products in Arctic, Subarctic and Nordic ecosystems

2019
Terry F. Bidleman | Agneta Andersson | Liisa M. Jantunen | John R. Kucklick | Henrik Kylin | Robert J. Letcher | Mats Tysklind | Fiona Wong

Halogenated natural products (HNPs) are organic compounds containing bromine, chlorine, iodine, and rarely fluorine. HNPs comprise many classes of compounds, ranging in complexity from halocarbons to...

Sources and environmental fate of pyrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Arctic

2019
Jennifer E. Balmer | Hayley Hung | Yong Yu | Robert J. Letcher | Derek C.G. Muir

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are large class of hydrophobic, semi-volatile organic contaminants that may enter the environment from both natural sources and anthropogenic activities. Pyrogenic...

Effective adsorptive removal of amoxicillin from aqueous solutions and wastewater samples using zinc oxide coated carbon nanofiber composite

2019
James Madimetja Chaba | Philiswa N. Nomngongo

This study reports the removal of amoxicillin from environmental water matrices using zinc oxide coated carbon nanofibers composite as an adsorbent. The structural and surface properties of zinc oxide...

A review of organotin contamination in arctic and subarctic regions

2019
John R. Kucklick | Michael D. Ellisor

Organotin (OT) compounds are of continued Arctic concern as they are still widely used despite the most well-studied OT, tributyl tin (TBT), being restricted from use on marine vessels to prevent fouling...

Global evolution of organochlorine pesticides research in biological and environmental matrices from 1992 to 2018: A bibliometric approach

2019
Chijioke Olisah | Omobola O. Okoh | Anthony I. Okoh

The analysis of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in ecosystem components has been a major niche area among environmental scientists, probably due to their endocrine-disruptive properties. Here, we evaluated...

Emerging bisphenol a replacements (colour developers) in indoor dust from Spain

2019
María Jesús Dueñas-Mas | Ana Ballesteros-Gómez | Soledad Rubio

Bisphenol A (BPA) and replacements, such as bisphenol S (BPS) and F (BPF) and other substitutes (BPS-MAE, D-8 and TGSA) have been recently reported in thermal paper. In this study, BPA, BPS, BPF; BPS-MAE,...

Occurrence, distribution and ecological risk assessment of organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in sediment samples along the Vaal River catchment, South Africa

2019
Tlou B. Chokwe | Jonathan O. Okonkwo

The occurrence, distribution and ecological risk assessment of twelve (12) organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) were investigated in sediments from the Vaal River, South Africa. Six halogenated...

Identifying further chemicals of emerging arctic concern based on ‘in silico’ screening of chemical inventories

2019
Derek Muir | Xianming Zhang | Cynthia A. de Wit | Katrin Vorkamp | Simon Wilson

In the past 12 years several studies have screened lists of thousands of chemicals available in the industrial chemical inventories of the European Union, the USA and Canada with the goal of identifying...

Current-use halogenated and organophosphorous flame retardants: A review of their presence in Arctic ecosystems

2019
Katrin Vorkamp | Jennifer Balmer | Hayley Hung | Robert J. Letcher | Frank F. Rigét | Cynthia A. de Wit

Since the ban of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), other flame retardants may be increasingly used. Thirty-one current-use halogenated (HFRs) and 24 organophosphorous...

Temporal trends of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the influent of two of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Australia

2019
Hue T. Nguyen | Sarit L. Kaserzon | Phong K. Thai | Soumini Vijayasarathy | Jennifer Bräunig | Nicholas D. Crosbie | Anders Bignert | Jochen F. Mueller

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are found ubiquitously in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) due to their multiple sources in industry and consumer products. In Australia, limited spatial...

A review of chlorinated paraffin contamination in Arctic ecosystems

2019
Katrin Vorkamp | Jennifer Balmer | Hayley Hung | Robert J. Letcher | Frank F. Rigét

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) present a complex mixture of congeners which are often analysed and assessed as short-, medium- and long-chain CPs, i.e. ΣSCCP (C10–C13), ΣMCCP (C14–C17) and ΣLCCP (≥C18)....

Dose specific responses of Anabas testudineus (Bloch) to anthracene (PAH): Haematological and biochemical manifestation

2019
Sukhendu Dey | Palas Samanta | Niladri Sekhar Mondal | Debraj Kole | Arghya Mandal | Atanu Patra | Apurba Ratan Ghosh

Present work compared the toxicological responses of A. testudineus (Bloch) to anthracene exposure after treatment with two concentrations i.e., 25% (0.0075 mg/l) and 50% (0.015 mg/l) of LC50 value...

Antibiotics in two municipal sewage treatment plants in Sri Lanka: Occurrence, consumption and removal efficiency

2019
Dilanka N.D. Samaraweera | Xin Liu | Guangcai Zhong | Tilak Priyadarshana | Riffat Naseem Malik | Gan Zhang | Mahdi Safaei Khorram | Zewen Zhu | Xianzhi Peng

Most of the monitoring data on the occurrence of antibiotics in sewage treatment plants (STPs) have been reported from Europe, North America and some countries in Northeast Asia, while very limited...

Factors influencing volatile hydrocarbon pollution in urban areas

2019
Buddhi Wijesiri | An Liu | Nian Hong | Panfeng Zhu | Bo Yang | Xu Zhao | Yuntao Guan | Ashantha Goonetilleke

Volatile hydrocarbons in urban environments pose significant risks to human and ecosystem health, resulting from wash-off into receiving waters during storm events. Effective mitigation strategies require...

The toxic effects of three active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with different efficacy to Vibrio fischeri

2019
Yuying Dong | Zheng Fang | Yan Xu | Qiying Wang | Xuejun Zou

The environmental residues of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are associated with environmental risks and health problems, the influence to environment have become a matter of public concern....

Removal of herbicide 2,4-D using constructed wetlands at pilot scale

2019
Andrés Felipe Echeverri González | Henry Zúñiga-Benítez | Gustavo A. Peñuela

Herbicide 2,4-D is one of the most widely used in the world. In this way, its presence on different bodies of water has been reported. In this paper the efficiency of horizontal-subsurface flow constructed-wetlands...

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