Themed collection Best Papers 2020 – Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

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Open Access Perspective

The high persistence of PFAS is sufficient for their management as a chemical class

While per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of synthetic organic substances with diverse structures, properties, uses, bioaccumulation potentials and toxicities, nearly all PFAS are highly persistent.

Graphical abstract: The high persistence of PFAS is sufficient for their management as a chemical class
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

A critical review on the potential impacts of neonicotinoid insecticide use: current knowledge of environmental fate, toxicity, and implications for human health

The review examines literature relevant to environmental fate, transformation, and toxicity, and human exposure and health risks of neonicotinoid insecticides.

Graphical abstract: A critical review on the potential impacts of neonicotinoid insecticide use: current knowledge of environmental fate, toxicity, and implications for human health
From the themed collection: Environmental exposure and impacts
Critical Review

How the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill reshaped our understanding of crude oil photochemical weathering at sea: a past, present, and future perspective

A critical review of the diverse and consequential roles that photochemical weathering plays in oil spill science, with emphasis placed on how our understanding of these roles has been reshaped since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

Graphical abstract: How the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill reshaped our understanding of crude oil photochemical weathering at sea: a past, present, and future perspective
From the themed collection: Contaminant remediation and fate
Open Access Critical Review

The atmospheric chemistry of indoor environments

The review article summarizes the wide variety of atmospheric chemistry phenomena that occur indoors.

Graphical abstract: The atmospheric chemistry of indoor environments
From the themed collection: Atmospheric chemistry
Open Access Paper

An overview of the uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Systematic description of more than 200 uses of PFAS and the individual substances associated with each of them (over 1400 PFAS in total).

Graphical abstract: An overview of the uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
From the themed collection: Environmental exposure and impacts
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Glass surface evolution following gas adsorption and particle deposition from indoor cooking events as probed by microspectroscopic analysis

Microspectroscopic analyses of glass surfaces following a single day of cooking events reveal organic depositions that can be traced back to emission sources and airborne distributions.

Graphical abstract: Glass surface evolution following gas adsorption and particle deposition from indoor cooking events as probed by microspectroscopic analysis
From the themed collection: Contaminant remediation and fate
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Compound health risk assessment of cumulative heavy metal exposure: a case study of a village near a battery factory in Henan Province, China

The concentrations of the heavy metals Hg, As, Ni, Pb, Cd, Cr, Cu and Zn in soil, groundwater, air, and locally produced grain (wheat and corn) and vegetables were determined in a village near a battery factory in Xinxiang, Henan Province, China.

Graphical abstract: Compound health risk assessment of cumulative heavy metal exposure: a case study of a village near a battery factory in Henan Province, China
From the themed collection: Environmental exposure and impacts
Open Access Paper

Interactions of ferrous iron with clay mineral surfaces during sorption and subsequent oxidation

Under anoxic conditions, clay minerals sorb dissolved Fe(II) predominantly by forming surface precipitates, which transform into Fe(III)-phases upon aeration.

Graphical abstract: Interactions of ferrous iron with clay mineral surfaces during sorption and subsequent oxidation
From the themed collection: Geochemistry
Open Access Paper

Aging induced changes in ice nucleation activity of combustion aerosol as determined by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy

Soot particles aged in acidic aqueous solutions reveal significantly enhanced ice nucleating activity.

Graphical abstract: Aging induced changes in ice nucleation activity of combustion aerosol as determined by near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy
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Sources and sinks of chloromethane in a salt marsh ecosystem: constraints from concentration and stable isotope measurements of laboratory incubation experiments

Chloromethane (CH3Cl) is the most abundant long-lived chlorinated organic compound in the atmosphere and contributes significantly to natural stratospheric ozone depletion.

Graphical abstract: Sources and sinks of chloromethane in a salt marsh ecosystem: constraints from concentration and stable isotope measurements of laboratory incubation experiments
From the themed collection: SDG13: Climate Action – Ozone Depletion
Open Access Paper

Comprehensive screening of quaternary ammonium surfactants and ionic liquids in wastewater effluents and lake sediments

Quaternary ammonium compounds were found at substantial levels in wastewater effluents and sediment samples with wastewater treatment practices and usage rates determining their environmental prevalence.

Graphical abstract: Comprehensive screening of quaternary ammonium surfactants and ionic liquids in wastewater effluents and lake sediments
From the themed collection: Environmental exposure and impacts
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Characterizing microplastic size and morphology of photodegraded polymers placed in simulated moving water conditions

Aquatic plastic debris experiences environmental stressors that lead to breakdown into smaller micro-sized plastic particles.

Graphical abstract: Characterizing microplastic size and morphology of photodegraded polymers placed in simulated moving water conditions
Open Access Paper

Trends in heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls and toxicity from sediment cores of the inner River Thames estuary, London, UK

River islands (Ait or Eyot) within the inner tidal Thames serve as unique recorders of current and historical estuarine chemical pollution.

Graphical abstract: Trends in heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls and toxicity from sediment cores of the inner River Thames estuary, London, UK
Open Access Paper

A global atmospheric chemistry model for the fate and transport of PFCAs and their precursors

Global model for the atmospheric chemistry of PFCA precursors.

Graphical abstract: A global atmospheric chemistry model for the fate and transport of PFCAs and their precursors
From the themed collection: Atmospheric chemistry
Open Access Paper

Emerging investigator series: use of behavioural endpoints in the regulation of chemicals

Suggestion for how the use of behavioral endpoints can improve in environmental risk assessment of chemicals.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: use of behavioural endpoints in the regulation of chemicals
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigator Series
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Evidence for a kinetically controlled burying mechanism for growth of high viscosity secondary organic aerosol

The incorporation of organic nitrates into viscous secondary organic aerosol during particle formation is enhanced relative to expected equilibrium partitioning, and is best described by a kinetically controlled “burying” mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Evidence for a kinetically controlled burying mechanism for growth of high viscosity secondary organic aerosol
From the themed collection: Atmospheric chemistry
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About this collection

The Environmental Science Best Papers Initiative identifies a variety of excellent papers published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science journal family, showcasing great research from across the globe. To celebrate more of the great papers published in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts during 2020 which really deserve recognition, we’ve gathered all nominated papers in this special collection.


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