Themed collection Best Papers 2022 – Environmental Science: Nano

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Tutorial Review

Adsorption and desorption mechanism of aromatic VOCs onto porous carbon adsorbents for emission control and resource recovery: recent progress and challenges

This review highlights the characteristics of adsorption and desorption of aromatic VOCs on various PCAs as well as the integrated technologies for emission control and resource recovery of industrial VOC exhaust.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption and desorption mechanism of aromatic VOCs onto porous carbon adsorbents for emission control and resource recovery: recent progress and challenges
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
Critical Review

Construction of adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives for wastewater treatment: a review

A comprehensive and critical overview of graphene-based adsorbents in capturing various water contaminants within the recent five years is presented to drive the rational development of high-performance adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Construction of adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives for wastewater treatment: a review
Open Access Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: metal nanoparticles in freshwater: transformation, bioavailability and effects on invertebrates

MNPs may undergo different environmental transformations in aquatic systems, consequently changing their mobility, bioavailability and toxicity to freshwater invertebrates.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: metal nanoparticles in freshwater: transformation, bioavailability and effects on invertebrates
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

A critical review on surface-modified nano-catalyst application for the photocatalytic degradation of volatile organic compounds

Surface modified nano-catalysts to improve the performance of photocatalytic degradation of VOC.

Graphical abstract: A critical review on surface-modified nano-catalyst application for the photocatalytic degradation of volatile organic compounds
Critical Review

Uptake, translocation, and transformation of silver nanoparticles in plants

This article reviews the plant uptake of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) that occurred in soil systems and the in planta fate of Ag.

Graphical abstract: Uptake, translocation, and transformation of silver nanoparticles in plants
Open Access Paper

Label-free and reusable antibody-functionalized gold nanorod arrays for the rapid detection of Escherichia coli cells in a water dispersion

An antibody-functionalized gold nanorod array enables the realization of a reusable early-warning system for detecting harmful pathogens dispersed in drinkable water.

Graphical abstract: Label-free and reusable antibody-functionalized gold nanorod arrays for the rapid detection of Escherichia coli cells in a water dispersion
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Characterization of nano-scale mineral dust aerosols in snow by single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Mineral dust aerosols in snow were analyzed by single particle ICP-MS with machine learning to classify particle groups.

Graphical abstract: Characterization of nano-scale mineral dust aerosols in snow by single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Rational design of covalent organic frameworks for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide production

Rational design of covalent organic frameworks has been performed for efficient photocatalytic H2O2 production without using any sacrificial agent.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of covalent organic frameworks for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen peroxide production
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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Emerging investigator series: hetero-phase junction 1T/2H-MoS2 nanosheets decorated by FeOOH nanoparticles for enhanced visible light photo-Fenton degradation of antibiotics

A hetero-phase junction was constructed with metallic 1T and semiconductive 2H MoS2, which exhibited outstanding photo-Fenton catalytic performance to effectively degrade organic pollutants in the aquatic environment.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: hetero-phase junction 1T/2H-MoS2 nanosheets decorated by FeOOH nanoparticles for enhanced visible light photo-Fenton degradation of antibiotics
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Combination of a nanocarrier delivery system with genetic manipulation further improves pesticide efficiency: a case study with chlorfenapyr

The combination of nanocarrier delivery and genetic manipulation significantly improves chlorfenapyr efficiency and has great potential for sustainable crop protection.

Graphical abstract: Combination of a nanocarrier delivery system with genetic manipulation further improves pesticide efficiency: a case study with chlorfenapyr
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
Open Access Paper

Hazard assessment of ingested polystyrene nanoplastics in Drosophila larvae

Micro- and nanoplastics (MNPLs) are intentionally produced for commercial uses (primary MNPLs) or are formed from environmentally aged plastics (secondary MNPLs).

Graphical abstract: Hazard assessment of ingested polystyrene nanoplastics in Drosophila larvae
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
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Simultaneous photocatalytic tetracycline oxidation and chromate reduction via a jointed synchronous pathway upon Z-scheme Bi12O17Cl2/AgBr: insight into intermediates and mechanism

A 2D/0D Bi12O17Cl2/AgBr Z-scheme photocatalyst provides a jointed synchronous pathway for simultaneous Cr(VI) and TC removal.

Graphical abstract: Simultaneous photocatalytic tetracycline oxidation and chromate reduction via a jointed synchronous pathway upon Z-scheme Bi12O17Cl2/AgBr: insight into intermediates and mechanism
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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Synergistic enhanced NH3-sensing of SnS via Ti3C2Tx-oriented vertical growth and oxygen-containing functional group regulation

Stannous sulfide (SnS) is a promising candidate for gas sensing applications due to its unique two-dimensional (2D) puckered monolayer and response capability at room temperature (25 °C).

Graphical abstract: Synergistic enhanced NH3-sensing of SnS via Ti3C2Tx-oriented vertical growth and oxygen-containing functional group regulation
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
Open Access Paper

Quantification and classification of engineered, incidental, and natural cerium-containing particles by spICP-TOFMS

Multi-elemental spICP-TOFMS is used to simultaneously classify mixtures of engineered, incidental, and natural Ce-containing nanoparticles based on conserved Ce : La and Ce : Nd ratios in natural Ce particles.

Graphical abstract: Quantification and classification of engineered, incidental, and natural cerium-containing particles by spICP-TOFMS
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Simulated-sunlight-driven Cr(VI) reduction on a type-II heterostructured Sb2S3/CdS photocatalyst

Construction of a type-II heterostructured Sb2S3/CdS photocatalyst for highly improved simulated-sunlight-driven Cr(VI) reduction.

Graphical abstract: Simulated-sunlight-driven Cr(vi) reduction on a type-II heterostructured Sb2S3/CdS photocatalyst
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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Bifunctional in situ polymerized nanocomposites for convective solar desalination and enhanced photo-thermoelectric power generation

One deed for two needs-inspired bifunctional MnO2@PPy nanocomposites for solar-driven water evaporation at the rate of 12.31 kg m−2 per day and enhanced photo-thermoelectric power generation with an output power density (Pout ∼ 12.3 W m−2).

Graphical abstract: Bifunctional in situ polymerized nanocomposites for convective solar desalination and enhanced photo-thermoelectric power generation
Open Access Paper

Development of a novel cellulose foam augmented with candle-soot derived carbon nanoparticles for solar-powered desalination of brackish water

Candle soot nanoparticles deposited onto hydrophilic cellulose foam greatly improved the solar-powered steam generation and yield of freshwater, resulting in the production of low-cost potable water from brackish input water.

Graphical abstract: Development of a novel cellulose foam augmented with candle-soot derived carbon nanoparticles for solar-powered desalination of brackish water
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Carbon dots can strongly promote photosynthesis in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.)

In vitro root amendment with CDs can promote photosynthesis of lettuce by enhancing photoreaction processes and CO2 fixation.

Graphical abstract: Carbon dots can strongly promote photosynthesis in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.)
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A nanocarrier pesticide delivery system with promising benefits in the case of dinotefuran: strikingly enhanced bioactivity and reduced pesticide residue

SPc can be conjugated with dinotefuran through hydrogen bonding and van der Waals forces, which reduce particle size, increase plant uptake and bioactivity, and decrease residue. The dinotefuran/SPc complex is relatively safe to predators and plants.

Graphical abstract: A nanocarrier pesticide delivery system with promising benefits in the case of dinotefuran: strikingly enhanced bioactivity and reduced pesticide residue
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
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Emerging investigator series: Molybdenum disulfide-enabled activated carbon - a multifunctional adsorbent for practical water treatment applications

This study addresses barriers to large-scale application of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) in water treatment schemes through its affixation onto granular activated carbon (AC) as an active adsorbing platform.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: Molybdenum disulfide-enabled activated carbon - a multifunctional adsorbent for practical water treatment applications
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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H2O2-free photo-Fenton system for antibiotics degradation in water via the synergism of oxygen-enriched graphitic carbon nitride polymer and nano manganese ferrite

H2O2-free photo-Fenton oxidation over OCN-nano MnFe2O4 (OMF) composites is an effective solution to degrade antibiotics in water. OMF shows high biocompatibility and high pH tolerance and can be easily recycled via magnetic separation.

Graphical abstract: H2O2-free photo-Fenton system for antibiotics degradation in water via the synergism of oxygen-enriched graphitic carbon nitride polymer and nano manganese ferrite
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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The photocatalytic NO-removal activity of g-C3N4 significantly enhanced by the synergistic effect of Pd0 nanoparticles and N vacancies

Pd0 and N vacancy co-modified g-C3N4 displayed excellent NO-removal activity.

Graphical abstract: The photocatalytic NO-removal activity of g-C3N4 significantly enhanced by the synergistic effect of Pd0 nanoparticles and N vacancies
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials in air
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In situ synthesis of a GO/COFs composite with enhanced adsorption performance for organic pollutants in water

An in situ synthesis strategy was used to prepare a GO/COFs composite for the effective adsorption of organic pollutants from environmental water.

Graphical abstract: In situ synthesis of a GO/COFs composite with enhanced adsorption performance for organic pollutants in water
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Reusable piezocatalytic water disinfection activity of CVD-grown few-layer WS2 on sapphire substrate

Chemical vapor deposition method was utilized to grow multilayer 2D-WS2. The as grown semiconductor 2D-WS2 shows excellent piezo-catalytic water purification ability.

Graphical abstract: Reusable piezocatalytic water disinfection activity of CVD-grown few-layer WS2 on sapphire substrate
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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Graphitic carbon nitride and carbon nanotubes modified active carbon fiber cathode with enhanced H2O2 production and recycle of Fe3+/Fe2+ for electro-Fenton treatment of landfill leachate concentrate

g-C3N4/CNTs/ACF with improved H2O2 production and Fe2+ regeneration showed an excellent performance in the treatment of landfill leachate concentrate.

Graphical abstract: Graphitic carbon nitride and carbon nanotubes modified active carbon fiber cathode with enhanced H2O2 production and recycle of Fe3+/Fe2+ for electro-Fenton treatment of landfill leachate concentrate
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Simultaneous removal of arsenite and cadmium by a manganese-crosslinking sodium alginate modified biochar and zerovalent iron composite from aqueous solutions

A novel manganese-crosslinking sodium alginate modified biochar and zerovalent iron composite (Mn/SA-BC@nZVI) was prepared for the simultaneous removal of arsenite (As(III)) and cadmium (Cd(II)) from contaminated water.

Graphical abstract: Simultaneous removal of arsenite and cadmium by a manganese-crosslinking sodium alginate modified biochar and zerovalent iron composite from aqueous solutions
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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Increase in germline methyltransferases governing the methylation of histone H3K9 is associated with transgenerational nanoplastic toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans

Our data demonstrated the association of the increase in germline methyltransferases required for methylation of H3K9 with transgenerational nanoplastic toxicity in nematodes.

Graphical abstract: Increase in germline methyltransferases governing the methylation of histone H3K9 is associated with transgenerational nanoplastic toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans
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A novel quantitative read-across tool designed purposefully to fill the existing gaps in nanosafety data

In the current study, we propose a new quantitative read-across methodology for predicting the toxicity of newly synthesized NPs based on the similarity with structural analogues.

Graphical abstract: A novel quantitative read-across tool designed purposefully to fill the existing gaps in nanosafety data
Open Access Paper

Surface functionalisation-dependent adverse effects of metal nanoparticles and nanoplastics in zebrafish embryos

High throughput imaging is used to assess hatching, lethality and malformations in zebrafish embryos and is suitable for hazard ranking of different nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Surface functionalisation-dependent adverse effects of metal nanoparticles and nanoplastics in zebrafish embryos
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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About this collection

The Environmental Science Best Papers Initiative identifies a selection of excellent papers published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science journal family, showcasing great research from across the globe. This collection of our best papers in 2022 can be read here: https://rsc.li/enviro-bestpapers

To celebrate more of the great papers published in Environmental Science: Nano during 2022, we’ve gathered all shortlisted papers in this special collection.

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