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Themed collection Best Papers of 2019 from RSC’s Environmental Science family journals

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Editorial

2019 Best Papers published in the Environmental Science journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Editors-in-Chief of the Environmental Science journals introduce the Best Papers of 2019.

Graphical abstract: 2019 Best Papers published in the Environmental Science journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Open Access Perspective

Why is high persistence alone a major cause of concern?

High persistence has important implications for chemicals regulation and management.

Graphical abstract: Why is high persistence alone a major cause of concern?
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

Wastewater treatment plants as a source of plastics in the environment: a review of occurrence, methods for identification, quantification and fate

Plastics accumulate in the natural environment due to their durability and low recycling volumes.

Graphical abstract: Wastewater treatment plants as a source of plastics in the environment: a review of occurrence, methods for identification, quantification and fate
Critical Review

Uptake, translocation, and transformation of metal-based nanoparticles in plants: recent advances and methodological challenges

We review the uptake, translocation and transformation of metal based nanoparticles in higher plants, and present advanced analytical techniques and future perspectives in this field.

Graphical abstract: Uptake, translocation, and transformation of metal-based nanoparticles in plants: recent advances and methodological challenges
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Proteomic, gene and metabolite characterization reveal the uptake and toxicity mechanisms of cadmium sulfide quantum dots in soybean plants

Cadmium sulfide quantum dots regulate nanomaterial-specific unique transmembrane transport system and metabolic processes in soybean plants.

Graphical abstract: Proteomic, gene and metabolite characterization reveal the uptake and toxicity mechanisms of cadmium sulfide quantum dots in soybean plants
Open Access Paper

Engineered nanomaterials in the context of global element cycles

This article provides a bird's-eye-view of the status and scale of commercialized and nascent nanotechnologies in the context of global element cycles to prioritize and guide relevant environmental health research.

Graphical abstract: Engineered nanomaterials in the context of global element cycles
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG™ for the detection of Escherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites

The assessment of a novel enzyme-based assay showed it to be reliable to detect and quantify E. coli in water.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG™ for the detection of Escherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Emerging investigator series: investigation of mercury emission sources using Hg isotopic compositions of atmospheric mercury at the Cape Hedo Atmosphere and Aerosol Monitoring Station (CHAAMS), Japan

This study conducted mercury (Hg) isotopic analysis, which has been expected as a new indicator for understanding the behavior of atmospheric Hg.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: investigation of mercury emission sources using Hg isotopic compositions of atmospheric mercury at the Cape Hedo Atmosphere and Aerosol Monitoring Station (CHAAMS), Japan
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Secondary nanoplastics released from a biodegradable microplastic severely impact freshwater environments

Over the last five decades, plastics production has increased as a consequence of their use in strategic sectors causing damage on aquatic ecosystems.

Graphical abstract: Secondary nanoplastics released from a biodegradable microplastic severely impact freshwater environments
Open Access Paper

Global transport of perfluoroalkyl acids via sea spray aerosol

Sea spray aerosols can act as a vector for sea-to-land transport of perfluorinated alkyl acids via the atmosphere.

Graphical abstract: Global transport of perfluoroalkyl acids via sea spray aerosol
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Seasonal variation in aerosol composition and concentration upon transport from the outdoor to indoor environment

Outdoor-originated aerosols transported indoors impact air quality, and chemically transform due to temperature and humidity gradients.

Graphical abstract: Seasonal variation in aerosol composition and concentration upon transport from the outdoor to indoor environment
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Microplastic biofilm in fresh- and wastewater as a function of microparticle type and size class

Microplastics are pollutants of concern in the freshwater and marine environments. These microparticles carry biofilm communities unique from the surrounding water.

Graphical abstract: Microplastic biofilm in fresh- and wastewater as a function of microparticle type and size class
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Membrane-separated electrochemical latrine wastewater treatment

Membrane electrolysis is shown to be durable over one month of continuous operation.

Graphical abstract: Membrane-separated electrochemical latrine wastewater treatment
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About this collection

During 2019, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science family of journals published over 650 papers. We are pleased that the journals continue to host such a wide array of great environmental science studies, with topics ranging from biogeochemical cycling to water reuse to nanomaterial toxicity. Here, in this collection, we are delighted to highlight some of the incredible science published in our journals during 2019 and recognise the authors conducting this impactful research. The Editors-in-Chief for the journals (Kris McNeill, Peter Vikesland and Paige Novak) introduce the Best Papers from 2019 in their Editorial, and listed below.

Overall Best Paper

Global transport of perfluoroalkyl acids via sea spray aerosol, Johansson et al, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2019, 21, 635–649

Journal Best Papers

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

Best Paper: Global transport of perfluoroalkyl acids via sea spray aerosol, Johansson et al

First Runner-up: Emerging investigator series: investigation of mercury emission sources using Hg isotopic compositions of atmospheric mercury at the Cape Hedo Atmosphere and Aerosol Monitoring Station (CHAAMS), Japan, Yamakawa et al

Second Runner-up: Seasonal variation in aerosol composition and concentration upon transport from the outdoor to indoor environment, DeCarlo et al

Best Review Article: Why is high persistence alone a major cause of concern? Scheringer et al

Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Best Paper: Microplastic biofilm in fresh- and wastewater as a function of microparticle type and size class, Fahrenfeld et al

First Runner-up: Membrane-separated electrochemical latrine wastewater treatment, Hoffmann et al

Second Runner-up: Evaluation of the novel substrate RUG™ for the detection of Escherichia coli in water from temperate (Zurich, Switzerland) and tropical (Bushenyi, Uganda) field sites, Julian et al

Best Review Article: Wastewater treatment plants as a source of plastics in the environment: a review of occurrence, methods for identification, quantification and fate, Okoffo et al

Environmental Science: Nano

Best Paper: Proteomic, gene and metabolite characterization reveal the uptake and toxicity mechanisms of cadmium sulfide quantum dots in soybean plants , Keller et al

First Runner-up: Engineered nanomaterials in the context of global element cycles, Plata et al

Second Runner-up: Secondary nanoplastics released from a biodegradable microplastic severely impact freshwater environments, González-Pleiter et al

Best Review Article: Uptake, translocation, and transformation of metal-based nanoparticles in plants: recent advances and methodological challenges, Zhang et al

To celebrate even more of the great papers published in the journals during 2019, we’ve gathered all nominated papers in the collections below.

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts - Best Papers 2019

Environmental Science: Nano - Best Papers 2019

Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology - Best Papers 2019

Last year, we celebrated the work of Korin Wheeleret al. as the winner of the inaugural Best Papers Initiative. Revisit the Best Papers from 2018 here.

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