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Perspective

Platform selection of engineered nanomaterials for water decontamination applications

Strategic pairing of engineered nanomaterials to platforms will advance safe and effective deployment of nano-enabled water decontamination.

Graphical abstract: Platform selection of engineered nanomaterials for water decontamination applications
Perspective

Opportunities and challenges of phyto-nanotechnology

Phyto-nanotechnology has received dramatically increasing attention in recent years. In this perspective, we have summarized some promising applications of phyto-nanotechnology as well as major obstacles with our insights into in this dynamic area.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities and challenges of phyto-nanotechnology
Perspective

Opportunities for nanotechnology to enhance electrochemical treatment of pollutants in potable water and industrial wastewater – a perspective

An international workshop identified how pore structures and unique properties that emerge at nano- to sub-nano- size domains can improve the energy efficiency and selectivity of electroseparation or electrocatalytic processes for treating water.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities for nanotechnology to enhance electrochemical treatment of pollutants in potable water and industrial wastewater – a perspective
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
Open Access Critical Review

The gut barrier and the fate of engineered nanomaterials: a view from comparative physiology

Despite the diverse structures and functions of the gut barrier in the animal kingdom, some common features of gut lumen chemistry control the behaviour of engineered nanomaterials, and with some potentially novel uptake pathways in invertebrates.

Graphical abstract: The gut barrier and the fate of engineered nanomaterials: a view from comparative physiology
Communication

Rapid organic solvent extraction coupled with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic mapping for ultrasensitive quantification of foliarly applied silver nanoparticles in plant leaves

An organic solvent-based extraction approach coupled with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic mapping technique to quantify silver nanoparticles in spinach leaf.

Graphical abstract: Rapid organic solvent extraction coupled with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic mapping for ultrasensitive quantification of foliarly applied silver nanoparticles in plant leaves
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Electrostatic polyester air filter composed of conductive nanowires and photocatalytic nanoparticles for particulate matter removal and formaldehyde decomposition

A dual-functional polyester fibrous air filter composed of self-assembled TiO2 nanoparticles and percolated Ag nanowires for electrostatic particulate matter removal and photocatalytic formaldehyde decomposition is reported.

Graphical abstract: Electrostatic polyester air filter composed of conductive nanowires and photocatalytic nanoparticles for particulate matter removal and formaldehyde decomposition
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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Accumulation of phenanthrene and its metabolites in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) as affected by magnetic carbon nanotubes and dissolved humic acids

Accumulation and metabolites of phenanthrene in lettuce as affected by magnetic carbon nanotubes and dissolved humic acids were investigated under hydroponic conditions.

Graphical abstract: Accumulation of phenanthrene and its metabolites in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) as affected by magnetic carbon nanotubes and dissolved humic acids
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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Revealing the structures and relationships of Ca(II)–Fe(III)–AsO4 minerals: arseniosiderite and yukonite

The poor crystallinity of As(V) minerals such as arseniosiderite and yukonite has made a detailed understanding of their structures elusive. Therefore, these were probed by pair distribution function analysis and transmission electron microscopy.

Graphical abstract: Revealing the structures and relationships of Ca(ii)–Fe(iii)–AsO4 minerals: arseniosiderite and yukonite
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The fabrication of 3D hierarchical flower-like δ-MnO2@COF nanocomposites for the efficient and ultra-fast removal of UO22+ ions from aqueous solution

3D flower-like δ-MnO2@TpPa-1 composites was constructed though the integration of δ-MnO2 nano-flowers with a covalent organic framework (TpPa-1) via ultrasonication process. δ-MnO2@TpPa-1 a promising adsorbent for spent-nuclear-fuel reprocessing.

Graphical abstract: The fabrication of 3D hierarchical flower-like δ-MnO2@COF nanocomposites for the efficient and ultra-fast removal of UO22+ ions from aqueous solution
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Nanoparticle size and natural organic matter composition determine aggregation behavior of polyvinylpyrrolidone coated platinum nanoparticles

Engineered nanoparticle (NP) size and natural organic matter (NOM) composition play important roles in determining NP environmental behaviors.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticle size and natural organic matter composition determine aggregation behavior of polyvinylpyrrolidone coated platinum nanoparticles
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Synergistic effects of lanthanide surface adhesion and photon-upconversion for enhanced near-infrared responsive photodegradation of organic contaminants in wastewater

Upconversion nanoparticle-TiO2 catalyst with Gd3+-rich surface shows stronger binding coefficiency to the carboxyl groups, resulting in faster ring cleavage and higher mineralization efficiency of rhodamine B under NIR light irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic effects of lanthanide surface adhesion and photon-upconversion for enhanced near-infrared responsive photodegradation of organic contaminants in wastewater
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
Open Access Paper

Alleviation of nitrogen stress in rice (Oryza sativa) by ceria nanoparticles

This study explored the potential of ceria nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) to alleviate stress in hydroponic rice caused by low N (LN) and high N (HN) stresses.

Graphical abstract: Alleviation of nitrogen stress in rice (Oryza sativa) by ceria nanoparticles
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Enhanced sieving of cellulosic microfiber membranes via tuning of interlayer spacing

Functionally active membranes made of cellulosic microfibers (CMFs) have emerged as promising sorbents for the removal of nano-sized pollutants from water.

Graphical abstract: Enhanced sieving of cellulosic microfiber membranes via tuning of interlayer spacing
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Joint impact of atmospheric SO2 and NH3 on the formation of nanoparticles from photo-oxidation of a typical biomass burning compound

The joint effects of SO2 and NH3 obviously promote the nanoparticles formation from the photooxidation of 3-methylfuran.

Graphical abstract: Joint impact of atmospheric SO2 and NH3 on the formation of nanoparticles from photo-oxidation of a typical biomass burning compound
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Facet-dependent reductive dissolution of hematite nanoparticles by Shewanella putrefaciens CN-32

The hematite {001} possessed more adsorption sites, more positive redox potential, and higher conductivity than {100}, resulting that the dissimilatory iron reduction rate of hematite {001} by S. putrefaciens CN-32 was easier than that of {100}.

Graphical abstract: Facet-dependent reductive dissolution of hematite nanoparticles by Shewanella putrefaciens CN-32
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A 3D soil-like nanostructured fabric for the development of bacterial biofilms for agricultural and environmental uses

Creation of beads-and-fibres 3D nanoscaffolds mimicking the typical architecture of soils at microscale and nanoscale for the development of bacterial biofilms for agricultural and environmental applications.

Graphical abstract: A 3D soil-like nanostructured fabric for the development of bacterial biofilms for agricultural and environmental uses
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Relevance of formation conditions to the size, morphology and local structure of intrinsic plutonium colloids

Fundamental knowledge about plutonium intrinsic colloids is a key issue for the prediction of plutonium transport and release rates in the environment.

Graphical abstract: Relevance of formation conditions to the size, morphology and local structure of intrinsic plutonium colloids
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Indium-modified Ga2O3 hierarchical nanosheets as efficient photocatalysts for the degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid

Indium-modified Ga2O3 hierarchical nanosheet was proved to be an efficient and promising photocatalyst for the removal of perfluorooctanoic acid in aqueous environment.

Graphical abstract: Indium-modified Ga2O3 hierarchical nanosheets as efficient photocatalysts for the degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid
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Hydrogen bonding rather than cation bridging promotes graphene oxide attachment to lipid membranes in the presence of heavy metals

GO first binds with metals, and GO–metal complexes attach to SSLBs via hydrogen bonding through GO rather than cation bridging through metals.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen bonding rather than cation bridging promotes graphene oxide attachment to lipid membranes in the presence of heavy metals
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Stable Zn isotopes reveal the uptake and toxicity of zinc oxide engineered nanomaterials in Phragmites australis

The Zn stable isotope composition of plants demonstrates that ZnO engineered nanomaterials dissolve before their uptake and accumulation by the roots (brightest inclusions in root cortex).

Graphical abstract: Stable Zn isotopes reveal the uptake and toxicity of zinc oxide engineered nanomaterials in Phragmites australis
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Polyacrylic acid coated nanoparticles elicit endothelial cell apoptosis and diminish vascular relaxation in ex vivo perfused iliac arteries of the cane toad (Rhinella marina)

Cane toad iliac arteries were perfused ex vivo with polyacrylic acid coated nanoparticles. Nanoparticle uptake was observed in both endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells, eliciting endothelial cell apoptosis and diminished vascular relaxation.

Graphical abstract: Polyacrylic acid coated nanoparticles elicit endothelial cell apoptosis and diminish vascular relaxation in ex vivo perfused iliac arteries of the cane toad (Rhinella marina)
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Criteria of active sites in nonradical persulfate activation process from integrated experimental and theoretical investigations: boron–nitrogen-co-doped nanocarbon-mediated peroxydisulfate activation as an example

Reliable criteria for identifying the intrinsic active sites in carbocatalysts to mediate an electron-transfer mechanism in persulfate activation are presented.

Graphical abstract: Criteria of active sites in nonradical persulfate activation process from integrated experimental and theoretical investigations: boron–nitrogen-co-doped nanocarbon-mediated peroxydisulfate activation as an example
Open Access Paper

Development and application of a ratiometric nanosensor for measuring pH inside the gastrointestinal tract of zooplankton

The pH in the anterior gut of Daphnia magna is more than 2 pH units lower than the cultural medium.

Graphical abstract: Development and application of a ratiometric nanosensor for measuring pH inside the gastrointestinal tract of zooplankton
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Toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs): effect of lengths, functional groups and electronic structures revealed by a quantitative toxicogenomics assay

Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have caused increasing public concerns associated with their potential toxicological effects. This study demonstrated that the physicochemical properties of SWCNTs have impacts on their toxicological effects.

Graphical abstract: Toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs): effect of lengths, functional groups and electronic structures revealed by a quantitative toxicogenomics assay
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Formation of Fe(III)–As(V) complexes: effect on the solubility of ferric hydroxide precipitates and molecular structural identification

Soluble Fe(III)–As(V) complexes were found at both acidic and neutral conditions, which significantly change the solubility of ferric oxides.

Graphical abstract: Formation of Fe(iii)–As(v) complexes: effect on the solubility of ferric hydroxide precipitates and molecular structural identification
Open Access Paper

Nuclear translocation of silver ions and hepatocyte nuclear receptor impairment upon exposure to silver nanoparticles

Upon exposure to non-toxic concentration of silver nanoparticles, only the ionic form of silver is found in the nucleus leading to an endocrine disruptor-like effect.

Graphical abstract: Nuclear translocation of silver ions and hepatocyte nuclear receptor impairment upon exposure to silver nanoparticles
Open Access Paper

Hierarchically porous electrospun nanofibrous mats produced from intrinsically microporous fluorinated polyimide for the removal of oils and non-polar solvents

An electrospun nanofibrous adsorbent with micro-, meso- and macropores and surface area of 565 m2 g−1 was developed for the rapid removal of crude oil from seawater.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchically porous electrospun nanofibrous mats produced from intrinsically microporous fluorinated polyimide for the removal of oils and non-polar solvents
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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Efficient extraction of slowly-released Cr(VI) from nano-sized ion channels in Cr(VI)–ettringite from reduced chromite ore processing residue

Complete extraction of Cr(VI) from rCOPR which involved ion exchange in ion channels of Cr(VI)–ettringite, formation and growth of nano-CaCO3.

Graphical abstract: Efficient extraction of slowly-released Cr(vi) from nano-sized ion channels in Cr(vi)–ettringite from reduced chromite ore processing residue
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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
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Underlying mechanisms of reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress photoinduced by graphene and its surface-functionalized derivatives

Graphene can be modified by different functional groups through various transformation processes in the environment.

Graphical abstract: Underlying mechanisms of reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress photoinduced by graphene and its surface-functionalized derivatives
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A 3D net-like structured fluorescent aerogel based on carboxy-methylated cellulose nanofibrils and carbon dots as a highly effective adsorbent and sensitive optical sensor of Cr(VI)

A 3D net-like structured fluorescent aerogel as a highly effective adsorbent and sensitive optical sensor of Cr(VI) was fabricated.

Graphical abstract: A 3D net-like structured fluorescent aerogel based on carboxy-methylated cellulose nanofibrils and carbon dots as a highly effective adsorbent and sensitive optical sensor of Cr(vi)
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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A direct Z-scheme ZnS/Co9S8 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical sensor for the highly sensitive and selective detection of chlorpyrifos

A direct Z-scheme ZnS/Co9S8 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical sensor for analyzing organophosphorus chlorpyrifos.

Graphical abstract: A direct Z-scheme ZnS/Co9S8 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical sensor for the highly sensitive and selective detection of chlorpyrifos
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Vertically-aligned growth of CuAl-layered double oxides on reduced graphene oxide for hybrid capacitive deionization with superior performance

Designing vertically-aligned CuAl-layered double oxide grown on reduced graphene oxide for capacitive desalination with high capacity and long cycling life.

Graphical abstract: Vertically-aligned growth of CuAl-layered double oxides on reduced graphene oxide for hybrid capacitive deionization with superior performance
From the themed collection: Nanomaterial applications in water
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Response of soil enzyme activity and bacterial community to black phosphorus nanosheets

Evaluation of BP nanosheets' impact on the soil ecological environment is important for their safe application and discharge.

Graphical abstract: Response of soil enzyme activity and bacterial community to black phosphorus nanosheets
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Facile passivation of black phosphorus nanosheets via silica coating for stable and efficient solar desalination

BP nanosheets were passivated by forming a double-layer silica shell that was subsequently used for solar desalination.

Graphical abstract: Facile passivation of black phosphorus nanosheets via silica coating for stable and efficient solar desalination
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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Carbon dioxide binding in supercooled water nanofilms on nanominerals

Moist CO2-bearing air flowing in Earth's terrestrial environments and now warming cryosphere can be captured by thin nanometric water films supported by mineral nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Carbon dioxide binding in supercooled water nanofilms on nanominerals
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
Open Access Paper

Smectite clay pillared with copper complexed polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane for adsorption of chloridazon and its metabolites

Copper complexed polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane pillared smectite clay (Cu2+@POSS_SWy-2) exhibits excellent adsorption properties for chloridazon and its metabolites.

Graphical abstract: Smectite clay pillared with copper complexed polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane for adsorption of chloridazon and its metabolites
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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CdS nanoparticles in soil induce metabolic reprogramming in broad bean (Vicia faba L.) roots and leaves

Plants reprogram the profiles of the antioxidative defense system to alleviate CdS nanoparticle-induced toxicity, at the cost of carbon and nitrogen assimilation.

Graphical abstract: CdS nanoparticles in soil induce metabolic reprogramming in broad bean (Vicia faba L.) roots and leaves
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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Photosynthetic response mechanisms in typical C3 and C4 plants upon La2O3 nanoparticle exposure

Herein, the photosynthesis of C3 and C4 plants was found to display different regulatory strategies under exposure to La2O3 NPs.

Graphical abstract: Photosynthetic response mechanisms in typical C3 and C4 plants upon La2O3 nanoparticle exposure
From the themed collection: Environmental Science: Nano Cover Art
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Interfacial reactions of Cu(II) adsorption and hydrolysis driven by nano-scale confinement

Spatial confinement of silica surfaces leads to increased polymerization of adsorbed copper(II) species.

Graphical abstract: Interfacial reactions of Cu(ii) adsorption and hydrolysis driven by nano-scale confinement
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