Best Papers from 2018 in the Environmental Science family of journals: great science with a global reach
The Editors-in-Chief of the Environmental Science journals introduce the Best Papers of 2018.
Proposal for a tiered dietary bioaccumulation testing strategy for engineered nanomaterials using fish
The scientific community has invested effort into standardising methodologies for the regulatory ecotoxicity testing of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), but the practical requirements for bioaccumulation testing of ENMs have been given less attention.
Micromotors for environmental applications: a review
Micromotors and the environment: illustrating the efficient operation of carbon-based micromotors for water purification.
Environmental transformation of natural and engineered carbon nanoparticles and implications for the fate of organic contaminants
Environmental transformations of natural and engineered carbon nanoparticles significantly affect their fate, transport, and interactions with organic contaminants.
The effects and the potential mechanism of environmental transformation of metal nanoparticles on their toxicity in organisms
The influence of environmental transformation on the toxicity of metal nanoparticles and possible mechanisms are recapitulated and discussed.
Interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with soil components and plants: current knowledge and future research needs – a critical review
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2), one of the most produced engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), are used in pigments, photocatalysis, food additives, and personal care products.
Application of nanotechnologies for removing pharmaceutically active compounds from water: development and future trends
The current review summarizes the recent advances in nanotechnology for PhACs removal and proposes possible further research directions.
Using an environmentally-relevant panel of Gram-negative bacteria to assess the toxicity of polyallylamine hydrochloride-wrapped gold nanoparticles
We aim to establish the effect of bacterial diversity in assessing nanotoxicity.
Machine learning provides predictive analysis into silver nanoparticle protein corona formation from physicochemical properties
Proteins encountered in biological and environmental systems bind to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to form a protein corona (PC) that alters the surface chemistry, reactivity, and fate of the ENMs.
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.
Uptake and impacts of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) capped metal oxide nanoparticles on Daphnia magna: role of core composition and acquired corona
A key hypothesis in nanosafety assessment is that the NP core chemistry and eco-corona are primary factors controlling toxicity.
Reversible Fe(II) uptake/release by magnetite nanoparticles
The reversible flow of Fe(II) across the magnetite–solution interface impacts the stoichiometry and reactivity of magnetite nanoparticles.
Closing the gap between small and smaller: towards a framework to analyse nano- and microplastics in aqueous environmental samples
Environmental nanoplastic concentrations are fairly unknown, to tackle this we propose a framework determining a broad size spectrum of plastics.
Hydroxyl radical scavenging by cerium oxide nanoparticles improves Arabidopsis salinity tolerance by enhancing leaf mesophyll potassium retention
Nanoceria ROS scavenging is a key tool for understanding and improving plant tolerance to salinity, a stress that severely limits crop yield worldwide.
Different effects of nano-scale and micro-scale zero-valent iron particles on planktonic microorganisms from natural reservoir water
This study compares the effect of nanoscale and microscale zerovalent iron on natural freshwater microplankton over 21 days.
Ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets coupled with amorphous Cu-doped FeOOH nanoclusters as 2D/0D heterogeneous catalysts for water remediation
Sub-nanometer Cu-FeOOH clusters/CNNS exhibited ultrafast degradation of organic pollutants, good stability, recyclability, and large-scale application at 15 L.
Ecotoxicological assessment of Ti3C2Tx (MXene) using a zebrafish embryo model
We studied the biocompatibility of Ti3C2Tx MXene sheets by analyzing their potential toxicity in vivo and their potential risks on marine biota and ecosystems using a zebrafish embryo model.
Improved capacitive deionization by using 3D intercalated graphene sheet–sphere nanocomposite architectures
Improved capacitive deionization has been demonstrated by using 3D intercalated graphene sheet–sphere nanocomposite architectures.
Environmental fate of nanopesticides: durability, sorption and photodegradation of nanoformulated clothianidin
A lot of research efforts are currently dedicated to the development of nano-enabled agrochemicals. It is thus urgent to develop suitable strategies for their ecological assessment.
Experimental and theoretical calculation investigation on efficient Pb(II) adsorption on etched Ti3AlC2 nanofibers and nanosheets
Layered 2D etched Ti3AlC2 nanofibers and nanosheets with different morphologies (named as e-TACFs and e-TACSs) were successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal treatment.
Development and application of a digestion-Raman analysis approach for studying multiwall carbon nanotube uptake in lettuce
Optimized plant digestion using nitric acid in conjunction with Raman analysis is an effective approach for detecting and analyzing multiwall carbon nanotubes in lettuce plants.
Heteroaggregation of nanoplastic particles in the presence of inorganic colloids and natural organic matter
The presence and accumulation of micro- and nanoplastics in marine and fresh waters represent a huge environmental concern.
Sulfidation of nanoscale zerovalent iron in the presence of two organic macromolecules and its effects on trichloroethene degradation
Sulfidation of nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) enhances its reactivity to chlorinated organic contaminants such as trichloroethene (TCE).
Emission and fate modelling framework for engineered nanoparticles in urban aquatic systems at high spatial and temporal resolution
The combination of emission and fate modelling improves the exposure assessment of engineered nanoparticles in complex urban systems.
Ni–Mn LDH-decorated 3D Fe-inserted and N-doped carbon framework composites for efficient uranium(VI) removal
Extraction of uranium from seawater is of great interest because of its potential applications in the nuclear energy field.
Where is the nano? Analytical approaches for the detection and quantification of TiO2 engineered nanoparticles in surface waters
Detecting and quantifying engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in complex environmental matrices requires the distinction between natural nanoparticles (NNPs) and ENPs.
Impacts of copper oxide nanoparticles on bell pepper (Capsicum annum L.) plants: a full life cycle study
CuO nanoparticles or compounds affect physiological parameters in bell pepper plants.
About this collection
The Environmental Science Best Papers Initiative identified a variety of excellent papers published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environmental Science journal family, showcasing great science from across the globe in diverse subject areas. However, selecting the winning papers was no easy decision. The journals’ Editorial and Advisory Boards who selected these papers were faced with many difficult choices. So, to celebrate more of the great papers published Environmental Science: Nano which really deserve recognition, we’ve gathered all nominated papers in this special collection.
Read the portfolio’s winning papers here and also browse the nominated papers from our sister journals Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts and Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.