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Electrochemical characterization of natural organic matter by direct voltammetry in an aprotic solvent

Improved methods for direct electrochemical characterization of a wide range of natural organic matter (NOM) samples dissolved in an aprotic solvent gives well defined peaks with similar peak breadths and potentials regardless of source, which probably reflects selectivity in the methods used to extract NOM from environmental samples.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical characterization of natural organic matter by direct voltammetry in an aprotic solvent
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N2O5 reactive uptake kinetics and chlorine activation on authentic biomass-burning aerosol

The reactive uptake kinetics of nitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) to authentic biomass-burning aerosol and the production of nitryl chloride (ClNO2) was determined using an entrained aerosol flow tube reactor.

Graphical abstract: N2O5 reactive uptake kinetics and chlorine activation on authentic biomass-burning aerosol
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Overview of HOMEChem: House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry

The House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry (HOMEChem) study was a large-scale collaborative experimental investigation probing indoor air composition and chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Overview of HOMEChem: House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry
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Emissions of DEHP from vehicle cabin materials: parameter determination, impact factors and exposure analysis

A VVR method is developed to measure the key parameters of DEHP from vehicular materials.

Graphical abstract: Emissions of DEHP from vehicle cabin materials: parameter determination, impact factors and exposure analysis
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Secondary product creation potential (SPCP): a metric for assessing the potential impact of indoor air pollution on human health

Secondary Product Creation Potential (SPCP): a new metric for ranking the impact of volatile organic compounds on indoor air chemistry and human health.

Graphical abstract: Secondary product creation potential (SPCP): a metric for assessing the potential impact of indoor air pollution on human health
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Human occupant contribution to secondary aerosol mass in the indoor environment

Occupancy in indoor spaces can contribute to indoor aerosol mass via reactions of oxidants such as ozone with skin constituents and subsequent partitioning of those oxidation product to existing aerosol.

Graphical abstract: Human occupant contribution to secondary aerosol mass in the indoor environment
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Emerging investigator series: spatial distribution of dissolved organic matter in ice and at air–ice interfaces

Organic solutes in snow and ice can be distributed heterogeneously throughout the ice bulk and across the ice surface. This may affect air-surface interactions and heterogeneous reactions in snow-covered regions.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: spatial distribution of dissolved organic matter in ice and at air–ice interfaces
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Mass balance study of brominated flame retardants in female captive peregrine falcons

Mass balance study in peregrine falcons showed efficient dietary uptake, bioaccumulation, transfer to eggs of tri–decaBDE, HBCDD; metabolism also indicated.

Graphical abstract: Mass balance study of brominated flame retardants in female captive peregrine falcons
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Uncertainty and equifinality in environmental modelling of organic pollutants with specific focus on cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes

We explore, for the first time, the concept of equifinality (similar model predictions from different parameter combinations) in MFTMs.

Graphical abstract: Uncertainty and equifinality in environmental modelling of organic pollutants with specific focus on cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes
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Analyzing a broader spectrum of endocrine active organic contaminants in sewage sludge with high resolution LC-QTOF-MS suspect screening and QSAR toxicity prediction

118 endocrine active compounds were identified in 14 sewage sludge samples using a new sample preparation method that extracts a broad range of compounds analyzed by high-resolution LC-QTOF-MS. Library screening matches were run in a predictive model to identify compounds likely to interfere with estrogen or other reproductive signaling.

Graphical abstract: Analyzing a broader spectrum of endocrine active organic contaminants in sewage sludge with high resolution LC-QTOF-MS suspect screening and QSAR toxicity prediction
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Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison

Results from this inter-laboratory comparison indicate that O&G waste analyses can be inaccurate and imprecise.

Graphical abstract: Accuracy of methods for reporting inorganic element concentrations and radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters from the Appalachian Basin, U.S. based on an inter-laboratory comparison
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Exploring matrix effects and quantifying organic additives in hydraulic fracturing associated fluids using liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

Liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry was used to quantify chemical additives in water collected from unconventional shale gas wells.

Graphical abstract: Exploring matrix effects and quantifying organic additives in hydraulic fracturing associated fluids using liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
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Impact of bisphenol A influent concentration and reaction time on MnO2 transformation in a stirred flow reactor

This study combines analysis of both organic and inorganic components in bisphenol A oxidation by MnO2 in a stirred flow reactor.

Graphical abstract: Impact of bisphenol A influent concentration and reaction time on MnO2 transformation in a stirred flow reactor
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and fluorine mass balance in cosmetic products from the Swedish market: implications for environmental emissions and human exposure

Occurrence of PFASs, total fluorine and extractable organic fluorine in cosmetic products and their importance to human and environmental exposure.

Graphical abstract: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and fluorine mass balance in cosmetic products from the Swedish market: implications for environmental emissions and human exposure
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Modeling coupled kinetics of antimony adsorption/desorption and oxidation on manganese oxides

We developed a quantitative model for assessing the coupling between Sb(III) oxidation and Sb(III)/Sb(V) adsorption/desorption kinetics at the MnO2–water interface.

Graphical abstract: Modeling coupled kinetics of antimony adsorption/desorption and oxidation on manganese oxides
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Development of a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) method for the chemical characterization of water-soluble isoprene epoxydiol (IEPOX)-derived secondary organic aerosol

A developed non-thermal analytical method effectively resolves and quantifies major IEPOX-SOA components in PM2.5.

Graphical abstract: Development of a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) method for the chemical characterization of water-soluble isoprene epoxydiol (IEPOX)-derived secondary organic aerosol
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Emerging investigator series: determination of biphasic core–shell droplet properties using aerosol optical tweezers

Algorithm to fit whispering gallery modes retrieves biphasic properties.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: determination of biphasic core–shell droplet properties using aerosol optical tweezers
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The role of alkalinity in setting water quality metrics: phosphorus standards in United Kingdom rivers

UK implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive (for the 2015–2021 cycle) Ecological Status (ES) classification for river phosphorus is based on the calculation of reference conditions for reactive phosphorus (RP) using river alkalinity measurements.

Graphical abstract: The role of alkalinity in setting water quality metrics: phosphorus standards in United Kingdom rivers
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Understanding factors influencing the detection of mercury policies in modelled Laurentian Great Lakes wet deposition

Challenges for detecting sub-decadal policy-related changes in mercury wet deposition in the Great Lakes are identified through modelling.

Graphical abstract: Understanding factors influencing the detection of mercury policies in modelled Laurentian Great Lakes wet deposition
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Reduction of PCE and TCE by magnetite revisited

Magnetite is unlikely to be as important as previously thought for abiotic reduction of PCE and TCE in groundwater plumes.

Graphical abstract: Reduction of PCE and TCE by magnetite revisited
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Charge-assisted hydrogen bonding as a cohesive force in soil organic matter: water solubility enhancement by addition of simple carboxylic acids

Solubility experiments suggest that very strong hydrogen bonds between weak acid functional groups play an important role in organic matter cohesion.

Graphical abstract: Charge-assisted hydrogen bonding as a cohesive force in soil organic matter: water solubility enhancement by addition of simple carboxylic acids
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Lead and zinc concentrations in household dust and toenails of the residents (Estarreja, Portugal): a source-pathway-fate model

This paper describes a methodology developed to assess and apportion probable indoor and outdoor sources of potentially toxic elements while identifying chemical signatures in the household dust collected from private homes in an industrial city (Estarreja, central Portugal).

Graphical abstract: Lead and zinc concentrations in household dust and toenails of the residents (Estarreja, Portugal): a source-pathway-fate model
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Effects of room airflow on accurate determination of PUF-PAS sampling rates in the indoor environment

Accurate and precise interpretation of concentrations from polyurethane passive samplers (PUF-PAS) is important as more studies show elevated concentrations of PCBs and other semivolatile air toxics in indoor air of schools and homes.

Graphical abstract: Effects of room airflow on accurate determination of PUF-PAS sampling rates in the indoor environment
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Emerging investigator series: methylmercury speciation and dimethylmercury production in sulfidic solutions

Experimental and computational evidence show that dimethylmercury is produced from decomposition of bis(methylmercury(II)) sulfide.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: methylmercury speciation and dimethylmercury production in sulfidic solutions
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Temporal trends of halogenated flame retardants in the atmosphere of the Canadian Great Lakes Basin (2005–2014)

Temporal and spatial trends of total air concentrations (gas + particle) of halogenated flame retardants at the Canadian Great Lakes Basin were assessed (2005–2014).

Graphical abstract: Temporal trends of halogenated flame retardants in the atmosphere of the Canadian Great Lakes Basin (2005–2014)
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Effect of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene-derived hydroxyhydroperoxides on the expression of oxidative stress response genes in human bronchial epithelial cells

Composition of isoprene-derived SOA affects its ability to alter oxidative stress-related gene expression.

Graphical abstract: Effect of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene-derived hydroxyhydroperoxides on the expression of oxidative stress response genes in human bronchial epithelial cells
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Responses of deposition and bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes region to policy and other large-scale drivers of mercury emissions

The effect of policy on fish mercury levels varies spatially, even within the Great Lakes Basin.

Graphical abstract: Responses of deposition and bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes region to policy and other large-scale drivers of mercury emissions
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Passive sampling of DDT, DDE and DDD in sediments: accounting for degradation processes with reaction–diffusion modeling

Applying passive sampling to reactive species may be a way to obtain information about in situ reactivity of compounds in sediments that occur on timescales of days to months.

Graphical abstract: Passive sampling of DDT, DDE and DDD in sediments: accounting for degradation processes with reaction–diffusion modeling
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Evaluating parameter availability for physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in zebrafish

Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models are considered useful tools to describe the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of xenobiotics.

Graphical abstract: Evaluating parameter availability for physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in zebrafish
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Calibration and evaluation of PUF-PAS sampling rates across the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) network

Here we present and evaluate a method to determine PUF-PAS sampling rates (RS), and the effective sampling volume (Veff), for gas-phase chemical compounds deployed anywhere in the world.

Graphical abstract: Calibration and evaluation of PUF-PAS sampling rates across the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) network
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