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Themed collection Best Papers 2018 – Environmental Science: Nano

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Editorial

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.

Graphical abstract: Best Papers from 2018 in the Environmental Science family of journals: great science with a global reach
Open Access Perspective

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.

Graphical abstract: Proposal for a tiered dietary bioaccumulation testing strategy for engineered nanomaterials using fish
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Frontier

Micromotors for environmental applications: a review

Micromotors and the environment: illustrating the efficient operation of carbon-based micromotors for water purification.

Graphical abstract: Micromotors for environmental applications: a review
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
Open Access Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Environmental transformation of natural and engineered carbon nanoparticles and implications for the fate of organic contaminants
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: The effects and the potential mechanism of environmental transformation of metal nanoparticles on their toxicity in organisms
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with soil components and plants: current knowledge and future research needs – a critical review
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Application of nanotechnologies for removing pharmaceutically active compounds from water: development and future trends
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Using an environmentally-relevant panel of Gram-negative bacteria to assess the toxicity of polyallylamine hydrochloride-wrapped gold nanoparticles
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Machine learning provides predictive analysis into silver nanoparticle protein corona formation from physicochemical properties
Paper

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: Emerging Investigators Series
Open Access Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Uptake and impacts of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) capped metal oxide nanoparticles on Daphnia magna: role of core composition and acquired corona
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Reversible Fe(ii) uptake/release by magnetite nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Environmental Remediation
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Closing the gap between small and smaller: towards a framework to analyse nano- and microplastics in aqueous environmental samples
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Hydroxyl radical scavenging by cerium oxide nanoparticles improves Arabidopsis salinity tolerance by enhancing leaf mesophyll potassium retention
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
Open Access Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Different effects of nano-scale and micro-scale zero-valent iron particles on planktonic microorganisms from natural reservoir water
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets coupled with amorphous Cu-doped FeOOH nanoclusters as 2D/0D heterogeneous catalysts for water remediation
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Ecotoxicological assessment of Ti3C2Tx (MXene) using a zebrafish embryo model
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Improved capacitive deionization by using 3D intercalated graphene sheet–sphere nanocomposite architectures
Open Access Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Environmental fate of nanopesticides: durability, sorption and photodegradation of nanoformulated clothianidin
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Experimental and theoretical calculation investigation on efficient Pb(ii) adsorption on etched Ti3AlC2 nanofibers and nanosheets
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Development and application of a digestion-Raman analysis approach for studying multiwall carbon nanotube uptake in lettuce
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Heteroaggregation of nanoplastic particles in the presence of inorganic colloids and natural organic matter
From the themed collection: Environmental fate of nanomaterials
Paper

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).

Graphical abstract: Sulfidation of nanoscale zerovalent iron in the presence of two organic macromolecules and its effects on trichloroethene degradation
From the themed collection: Environmental fate of nanomaterials
Open Access Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Emission and fate modelling framework for engineered nanoparticles in urban aquatic systems at high spatial and temporal resolution
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Ni–Mn LDH-decorated 3D Fe-inserted and N-doped carbon framework composites for efficient uranium(vi) removal
Paper

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.

Graphical abstract: Where is the nano? Analytical approaches for the detection and quantification of TiO2 engineered nanoparticles in surface waters
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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.

Graphical abstract: Impacts of copper oxide nanoparticles on bell pepper (Capsicum annum L.) plants: a full life cycle study
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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.

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