Themed collection Emerging Investigators Series

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Perspective

Emerging investigator series: perspectives on toxicokinetics of nanoscale plastic debris in organisms

Fragmentation of plastic waste in the environment can lead to the formation of nanoscale plastic debris (NPD) of size < 1 μm.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: perspectives on toxicokinetics of nanoscale plastic debris in organisms
Perspective

Emerging investigator series: nanotechnology to develop novel agrochemicals: critical issues to consider in the global agricultural context

A better recognition of the agronomic context and geographical differences, including economic, political and social constrains, are needed to support the development of viable and sustainable nano-innovations in agriculture.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: nanotechnology to develop novel agrochemicals: critical issues to consider in the global agricultural context
Open Access Perspective

Emerging investigator series: the dynamics of particle size distributions need to be accounted for in bioavailability modelling of nanoparticles

We propose to include the time-dependent size distribution of dispersed and internalized nanoparticles (NPs) in the ecotoxicological evaluation of exposure of biota to NPs and to develop tools to add the particle dynamics in the bioavailability modelling of NPs.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: the dynamics of particle size distributions need to be accounted for in bioavailability modelling of nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Open Access Frontier

Emerging investigator series: the rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight

This frontier reviews impressive progresses of nano-enabled solar-driven water evaporation and clean water production made in the past 4 years.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: the rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Tutorial Review

Emerging investigator series: polymeric nanocarriers for agricultural applications: synthesis, characterization, and environmental and biological interactions

This review discusses polymeric nanocarriers for agrochemical delivery, from synthesis, characterization, and release, to benefits for agrochemical efficiency and sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: polymeric nanocarriers for agricultural applications: synthesis, characterization, and environmental and biological interactions
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Tutorial Review

Emerging investigator series: interactions of engineered nanomaterials with the cell plasma membrane; what have we learned from membrane models?

Various membrane models used to study nanoparticle interactions with the cell plasma membrane.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: interactions of engineered nanomaterials with the cell plasma membrane; what have we learned from membrane models?
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials in air
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: Emerging Investigators Series
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: bacteriophages as nano engineering tools for quality monitoring and pathogen detection in water and wastewater

Phase-based detection and monitoring of pathogens in water and wastewater.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: bacteriophages as nano engineering tools for quality monitoring and pathogen detection in water and wastewater
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: calculating size- and coating-dependent effect factors for silver nanoparticles to inform characterization factor development for usage in life cycle assessment

Concerns about the environmental impacts due to the end of life for engineered nanomaterials (ENM) are growing.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: calculating size- and coating-dependent effect factors for silver nanoparticles to inform characterization factor development for usage in life cycle assessment
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: connecting concepts of coinage metal stability across length scales

Materials with different dimensions can exhibit markedly different responses to their environment, even for the same material composition.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: connecting concepts of coinage metal stability across length scales
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials in air
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: treatment and recycling of heavy metals from nanosludge

This article reviews the challenges of nanosludge and provides new insights into the treatment of nanosludge for heavy metal recycling.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: treatment and recycling of heavy metals from nanosludge
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: design of hydrogel nanocomposites for the detection and removal of pollutants: from nanosheets, network structures, and biocompatibility to machine-learning-assisted design

Due to serious pollution of the world's water resources, effective methods for the detection and removal of pollutants must be developed.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: design of hydrogel nanocomposites for the detection and removal of pollutants: from nanosheets, network structures, and biocompatibility to machine-learning-assisted design
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Open Access Communication

Emerging investigator series: aramid amphiphile nanoribbons for the remediation of lead from contaminated water

Aramid amphiphiles with chelating head groups spontaneously form robust nanoribbons in water with surfaces capable of heavy metal remediation.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: aramid amphiphile nanoribbons for the remediation of lead from contaminated water
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Emerging investigator series: correlating phase composition and geometric structure to the colloidal stability of 2D MoS2 nanomaterials

The study reveals that the interaction with cations, colloidal stability and transport behavior of MoS2 rely on its phase compositions and geometric structures.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: correlating phase composition and geometric structure to the colloidal stability of 2D MoS2 nanomaterials
From the themed collection: Environmental fate of nanomaterials
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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
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: linking nanoparticle infiltration and stomatal dynamics for plant nanobionics

We develop an automated infiltration platform and discover relationships for optimal incorporation of nanoparticles into living plants. Among others, these will benefit nanoscale sensors and genetic engineering approaches in plant nanobionics.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: linking nanoparticle infiltration and stomatal dynamics for plant nanobionics
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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Emerging investigator series: long-term exposure of amorphous silica nanoparticles disrupts the lysosomal and cholesterol homeostasis in macrophages

Long-term ASiNP exposure led to lysosomal density and size increments as well as protein changes, and autophagosome and cholesterol accumulation in cells.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: long-term exposure of amorphous silica nanoparticles disrupts the lysosomal and cholesterol homeostasis in macrophages
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: enhanced peroxidase-like activity and improved antibacterial performance of palladium nanosheets by an alginate-corona

The formation of an alginate corona on the surface of Pd nanosheets can boost their peroxidase-like activity, giving rise to the fast generation of hydroxyl radicals and the enhancement of antibacterial activity.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: enhanced peroxidase-like activity and improved antibacterial performance of palladium nanosheets by an alginate-corona
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Paper

Emerging investigator series: examination of the gastrointestinal lipidome of largemouth bass exposed to dietary single-walled carbon nanotubes

The results of this research indicate that though SWCNTs are unlikely to be absorbed in the gastrointestinal system, they do cause disruption of the gastrointestinal lipidome.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: examination of the gastrointestinal lipidome of largemouth bass exposed to dietary single-walled carbon nanotubes
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Emerging investigator series: chemical transformation of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in simulated human tear fluids: influence of biocoronae

The chemical stability of Ag-NPs and ZnO-NPs in simulated tear fluid was highly affected by proteins, which would further influence their antibacterial efficacies.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: chemical transformation of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in simulated human tear fluids: influence of biocoronae
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: a multispecies analysis of the relationship between oxygen content and toxicity in graphene oxide

The relationship between oxygen content and toxicity in graphene oxide varies between species.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: a multispecies analysis of the relationship between oxygen content and toxicity in graphene oxide
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
Open Access Paper

Emerging investigator series: automated single-nanoparticle quantification and classification: a holistic study of particles into and out of wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland

High-throughput single-particle ICP-TOFMS analyses are used to quantify and classify diverse metal nanoparticle types from wastewater treatment plant samples.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: automated single-nanoparticle quantification and classification: a holistic study of particles into and out of wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Emerging investigator series: prompt response of estuarine denitrifying bacterial communities to copper nanoparticles at relevant environmental concentrations

In estuaries the deposition of copper nanoparticles upon sediments can contribute to change metal availability and promote the transcriptional response of denitrifying bacteria.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: prompt response of estuarine denitrifying bacterial communities to copper nanoparticles at relevant environmental concentrations
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: immobilization of arsenic in soil by nanoscale zerovalent iron: role of sulfidation and application of machine learning

SnZVI is more promising than nZVI for sustainable remediation of arsenic in soil.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: immobilization of arsenic in soil by nanoscale zerovalent iron: role of sulfidation and application of machine learning
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: 3D printed graphene-biopolymer aerogels for water contaminant removal: a proof of concept

3D printed fit-for-design graphene-biopolymer aerogel for adsorption and/or filtration of contaminants from water.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: 3D printed graphene-biopolymer aerogels for water contaminant removal: a proof of concept
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: quantifying silver nanoparticle aggregation kinetics in real-time using particle impact voltammetry coupled with UV-vis spectroscopy

This work describes the development of an analytical technique that couples single nanoparticle electrochemistry and UV-vis spectroscopy to determine aggregation kinetics and critical coagulation concentrations (CCCs) of silver nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: quantifying silver nanoparticle aggregation kinetics in real-time using particle impact voltammetry coupled with UV-vis spectroscopy
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: molecular mechanisms of plant salinity stress tolerance improvement by seed priming with cerium oxide nanoparticles

Engineered nanomaterials interfaced with plant seeds can improve stress tolerance during the vulnerable seedling stage.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: molecular mechanisms of plant salinity stress tolerance improvement by seed priming with cerium oxide nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
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Emerging investigator series: first-principles and thermodynamics comparison of compositionally-tuned delafossites: cation release from the (001) surface of complex metal oxides

For a set of compositionally tuned complex metal oxides we predict the thermodynamics of aqueous surface transformations that lead to metal release.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: first-principles and thermodynamics comparison of compositionally-tuned delafossites: cation release from the (001) surface of complex metal oxides
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: synthesis of magnesium oxide nanoparticles fabricated on a graphene oxide nanocomposite for CO2 sequestration at elevated temperatures

MONP and MONP–GO sorbents exhibited relatively high CO2 sorption capacity (2.79–3.34 mmol g−1) under elevated temperature conditions.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: synthesis of magnesium oxide nanoparticles fabricated on a graphene oxide nanocomposite for CO2 sequestration at elevated temperatures
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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Emerging investigator series: ion diffusivities in nanoconfined interfacial water films contribute to mineral carbonation thresholds

Mineral carbonation reactivity trends and thresholds in nanoconfined water films delineated with in situ X-ray diffraction and molecular simulations.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: ion diffusivities in nanoconfined interfacial water films contribute to mineral carbonation thresholds
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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Emerging investigator series: locally enhanced electric field treatment (LEEFT) with nanowire-modified electrodes for water disinfection in pipes

Assisted by perpendicularly-grown nanowires, a coaxial-electrode locally enhanced electric field treatment (LEEFT) device achieves high disinfection in pipes.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: locally enhanced electric field treatment (LEEFT) with nanowire-modified electrodes for water disinfection in pipes
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Emerging investigator series: linking chemical transformations of silver and silver nanoparticles in the extracellular and intracellular environments to their bio-reactivity

Here we track intracellular uptake, speciation and bioreactivity of silver and silver nanoparticles in a model of the fish intestine and show that intracellular silver speciation is related to its bio-reactivity.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: linking chemical transformations of silver and silver nanoparticles in the extracellular and intracellular environments to their bio-reactivity
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: characterization of silver and silver nanoparticle interactions with zinc finger peptides

Zn finger peptides catalyze dissolution and agglomeration of silver nanomaterials. In turn, the nanomaterials disrupt native structure and metalation of the peptide. Disruption of Zn finger function constitutes a potential toxicity mechanism.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: characterization of silver and silver nanoparticle interactions with zinc finger peptides
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: protein adsorption and transformation on catalytic and food-grade TiO2 nanoparticles in the presence of dissolved organic carbon

The adsorption and unfolding behavior of bovine serum albumin onto catalytic- and food-grade titanium dioxide nanoparticles is dependent on the surface chemistry of the nanoparticles and their environmental exposure history.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: protein adsorption and transformation on catalytic and food-grade TiO2 nanoparticles in the presence of dissolved organic carbon
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
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Emerging investigator series: significantly enhanced uptake of Eu3+ on a nanoporous zeolitic mineral in the presence of UO22+: insights into the impact of cation–cation interaction on the geochemical behavior of lanthanides and actinides

Uptake of Eu3+ on clinoptilolite is significantly enhanced by the presence of UO22+ though cation–cation interactions between UO22+ and Eu3+.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: significantly enhanced uptake of Eu3+ on a nanoporous zeolitic mineral in the presence of UO22+: insights into the impact of cation–cation interaction on the geochemical behavior of lanthanides and actinides
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
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Emerging investigator series: quantification of multiwall carbon nanotubes in plant tissues with spectroscopic analysis

A rapid widely accessible spectroscopic analysis was developed for quantification of carbon nanotubes in plant tissues.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: quantification of multiwall carbon nanotubes in plant tissues with spectroscopic analysis
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: it's not all about the ion: support for particle-specific contributions to silver nanoparticle antimicrobial activity

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and other ionizing engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are candidates for the development of antimicrobial agents due to their efficacy, multiple modes of bacterial inactivation, and tunability with respect to both the magnitude and mechanisms of antimicrobial activity.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: it's not all about the ion: support for particle-specific contributions to silver nanoparticle antimicrobial activity
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: dispersed transition metals on a nitrogen-doped carbon nanoframework for environmental hydrogen peroxide detection

A Cu/Mn immobilized carbon nanoframework modified sensor was used for continuously detecting the H2O2 concentration in an electro-Fenton system.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: dispersed transition metals on a nitrogen-doped carbon nanoframework for environmental hydrogen peroxide detection
From the themed collection: Emerging Investigators Series
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Emerging investigator series: heterogeneous reactions of sulfur dioxide on mineral dust nanoparticles: from single component to mixed components

Synergistic effects of the heterogeneous reaction of sulfur dioxide on mineral dust nanoparticle mixtures.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: heterogeneous reactions of sulfur dioxide on mineral dust nanoparticles: from single component to mixed components
From the themed collection: Nanomaterials in air
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About this collection

Environmental Science: Nano  is pleased to present this growing web collection, showcasing the work being conducted by Emerging Investigators in environmental nanotechnology. It highlights up-and-coming scientists in the early stages of their independent careers, who have been identified as having the potential to influence future directions in the field.

This collection will be updated when new Emerging Investigator Series papers are published – so keep checking this page and watch the collection grow.

More details about the Emerging Investigator Series can be found on the blog, including details on how to apply for consideration and interviews with the corresponding authors featured in this collection. Direct links to each of these interviews can be found below.

Kyle Doudrick

Amir Farnoud

Leanne Gilbertson

Juan Pablo Giraldo

Chamila Gunathilake

Andrea Hicks

Yuxiong Huang

Jingkun Jiang

Lingxiangyu Li

Wei Liu

Stacey Louie

Quin Miller

Matteo Minghetti

Martina Vijver

Peng Wang

Shuao Wang

Xing Xie

Ming Xu

Yu (Frank) Yang

Liwu Zhang

Jing Zhang

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