Emerging Contaminants – themed collection open for submissions

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new themed collection on emerging contaminants, guest edited by Analytical Methods Associate Editor Fiona Regan (Dublin City University), Leon Barron (King’s College London) and Sara Castiglioni (Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri).

Fiona ReganLeon BarronSara Castiglioni

Emerging contaminants are pollutants of growing concern. They are mainly organic compounds such as: pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones, plasticizers, food additives, wood preservatives, laundry detergents, surfactants, disinfectants, flame retardants, and other organic compounds that were found recently in natural wastewater stream generated by human and industrial activities.

We invite primary research and review content focusing on analytical methods that can be used for sampling and pre-treatment for chemicals of concern, chromatographic and other separation methods, including high resolution screening, mass spectrometry for unknowns in samples, and also new column applications.

We acknowledge that current monitoring methods are infrequent and therefore new methods for measurement of CECs are being developed. These methods include chemical sensors and biosensors as well as passive sampling methods. This themed issue also invites papers on real applications to environmental (water, air, soil) and other samples (biological, micro plastics) to demonstrate the widespread occurrence of these chemicals and the challenges in addressing sample matrix analytically. A growing drive to develop effect based methods is emerging and the challenge of quantifying and addressing chemical cocktails will provide interest to the Analytical Methods audience also. 

If you are interested in submitting to this collection, please contact the Analytical Methods Editorial Office.

Submission deadline: 30th November 2020

However if you feel you are unable to meet this deadline due to Covid-19 but are still interested in submitting to the collection please do let us know. We’re very happy to be flexible with deadlines during these unprecedented times. 

Articles included in this collection will be published as they are accepted, and collated into an online collection. Please note all submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer review in accordance with the journal’s normal standards.

Read papers in our sister journals Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts and Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology on the topic of PFAS: rsc.li/pfas


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