- Prof. Xiaojun Luo
- State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China.
Special Issue Introduction
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are persistent in the environment, bioaccumulate, undergo long-range transport and are toxic to organisms and humans, have received significant and ongoing attention since the 1960s. As a result, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was adopted by the world's governments in 2001 to reduce and ultimately eliminate the production, use, release and storage of POPs. Twelve POPs of the greatest concern were identified in 2001. Since then, more chemicals such as: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) have been regulated as POPs.
Against this backdrop of concern, recent decades have witnessed extensive research designed to foster understanding of the temporal and spatial distribution of POPs, as well as their environmental transport and behaviour, bioaccumulation in aquatic and land-based food chains, and their adverse effects. Such studies on POPs have helped shape frameworks for the assessment of their risk.
This Special Issue, entitled "Environmental processes and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants in the environment", will focus on the source, distribution, and fate of POPs in the environment, especially for emerging and candidate POPs. Potential topics include:
● Analytical and methodological advances in POP identification and measurement;
● Occurrence, temporal and spatial distribution of POPs in biotic and abiotic matrices;
● Environmental transport and fate of POPs;
● Bioaccumulation and biotransformation in aquatic and terrestrial organisms;
● Characterisation of the exposome and risk assessment.
We cordially invite all scholars and researchers in these fields to submit your contributions (i.e., original research papers, review articles, commentaries, and editorials) for publication in this Special Issue.
Persistent organic pollutants, emerging POPs, temporal and spatial distribution, Bioaccumulation, biotic and abiotic matrices, environmental transport, human exposure, risk assessment
Submission Deadline30 Apr 2023