Tackling Complexity: Transport, Fate, Exposure, and Prioritization for Organic Contaminants in Complex Mixtures

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2021) | Viewed by 302

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4424, USA
Interests: high-resolution mass spectrometry; PFAS; emerging organic contaminants; exposure assessment; risk assessment; bioaccumulation
Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA
Interests: non-targeted analysis; mass spectrometry; PFAS; emerging organic pollutants; exposure assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic contaminants nearly always present as a component of complex mixtures, comprising tens to thousands of individual compounds in both source substances and in environmental and biological matrices. For example, sources of emerging contaminants such as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) contain diverse components including hundreds of unique per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) with diverse structures and properties amid equally complex matrices of non-fluorinated constituents; these materials can then contaminate water, sediment, and biota at affected sites. Other de facto sources such as wastewater contain an array of pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PPCPs), as well as their transformation products, representing a major challenge in developing risk assessment approaches for impacted environments or implementing effective treatment technologies for chemicals of concern. Research is ongoing to provide advanced analytical and bioanalytical techniques to assess complex mixture composition and provide toxicity/risk assessment information for chemical prioritization and rapid decision making. Studies aiming to provide this comprehensive characterization of mixtures use a wide range of innovative lab-based, field-based, and in silico approaches to describe mixtures at the whole or fractionated level and identify contaminants that drive ecological and human health risk.

In this Special Issue, we will present the current state of science related to understanding the fate and transport of complex mixtures in environmental systems, exposure of humans and ecological receptors to these mixtures, and strategies to identify compounds that should be prioritized as primary drivers of risk. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Articles describing the use of innovative workflows to prioritize contaminants based on occurrence, effects, or predicted risks, and articles demonstrating the fractionation of complex mixtures among environmental and biological compartments, are especially welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Carrie McDonough
Dr. James McCord
Guest Editors

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  • complex mixtures
  • emerging contaminants
  • organic pollutants
  • high-resolution mass spectrometry
  • risk assessment
  • exposure assessment

Published Papers

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