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Special Issue "Contaminants of Emerging Concerns in the Water Environment: Sources, Fates, and Toxicity"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2023 | Viewed by 2974
Special Issue Editors
2. Department of Water and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru 81310, Malaysia
Interests: water quality; water quality management; environmental microbiology; phytoremediation; silver nanoparticles
Interests: microplastics; nanoplastics; heavy metals; plastic pollution; plastic ingestion
Interests: contaminants of emerging concern monitoring; environmental chemistry; advanced oxidation processes; wastewater treatment; anaerobic digestion; food waste management; waste to wealth; environmental education
Special Issue Information
Contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), such as antibiotics, hormones, personal care products (PCPs), endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), pharmaceuticals (PhACs), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and their transformation products, that occur at trace levels in treated wastewater is of concern for human health and the aquatic ecosystem. The primary concern with these contaminants is their minuscule amount, making them difficult to be eliminated by conventional water and/or wastewater treatment systems. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are critical in separating contaminants prior to discharge into a river system. Due to their persistence in the aquatic environment, CECs are difficult to remove and do not biodegrade fast. These CEC residues ultimately will spread in the atmosphere and contaminate drinking water sources, thus affecting human health.
Current knowledge on the risks of CECs to the environment and human health has been rigorously conducted and well-recognized. However, our understanding on the fate and long-term effects of CECs on human health and aquatic life are restricted and sparse, thereby necessitating more in-depth studies and knowledge. Due to the rapid development of CECs in the environment, implementing cost-effective and sustainable detection, risk assessment, and removal programs for all these elements is difficult. In the meantime, CECs have become a challenge in sustainable water management, where climate change and population growth exacerbate water source issues.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together recent research and reviews on CEC-related research advancements in the water environment including their occurrences, fate and transport behaviour, as well as discussions around the toxicity level of CECs. We also encourage the submission of research needs and toxicological studies that implement efficient and ecological methods for their removal, which help to control CECs in freshwater ecosystems.
Dr. Shamila Azman
Dr. Ee Ling Yong
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- water environment
- contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)
- health effects
- risk assessment
- aquatic ecosystems
- toxicity level
- fate and transport behaviour