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Recent Advances in Environmental Monitoring, Exposure Studies, and Risk Assessment of Chemical Mixtures in Environmental Media

Call for Papers

In actual sense, exposures to environmental pollutants do occur through a series of complex processes. Specifically, humans and other living organisms are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemical pollutants from diverse sources and through different exposure pathways. Incidentally, several attempts to characterize different environmental matrices during exposure or monitoring studies are often undertaken without taking into consideration the complexity of the chemical composition of the impacted environmental component.

Within a given ecological system, the nature and type of chemical interactions which may result still remain largely unknown. More concerning is the fact that risk assessment studies are often based on the presence of a particular compound or a group of homologous compounds in a given environmental medium, even at doses that are far beyond the reasonable range of real-world human exposures. Additionally, the potential influence of both physical and chemical interactions on the toxicity of the chemical mixture in environmental media deserves a special attention. As a matter of fact, toxicological studies which are aimed to evaluate the potential toxic effects of harmful chemicals need to consider evaluating the overall toxicity of the chemical mixture as a whole.

This special issue therefore aims to provide a platform for researchers to disseminate their current state-of-the-art findings on new approaches to environmental monitoring techniques for chemical mixtures in different environmental media. Submissions in the form of review articles or as original research papers that are focused on exposure studies and risk assessment of chemical mixtures are especially welcome. For clarity, chemical mixtures involving these organic pollutants or group of compounds such as brominated flame retardants, dioxins and furans, PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, steroid hormones, plasticizers, organochlorine pesticides, phthalates, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances will be given preference.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advances in analytical techniques for the determination of emerging and legacy persistent organic pollutants in different environmental media
  • Measurement of current use pesticides (CUPs) in the indoor and outdoor environments
  • Sources, fate and transport mechanisms, and effects and implications of wildlife and human exposure to environmental persistent pollutants
  • Assessing occupational exposure to chemical mixtures under different working conditions
  • Toxicological studies on emerging pollutants or mixture of chemicals and their combined effects on living organisms, with a particular emphasis on examining toxicity at doses that are within a reasonable range of real-world human exposures
  • Identifying appropriate biomarkers for persistent organic pollutants using in vitro and in vivo techniques
  • Persistent organic pollutants: cellular and molecular mechanism(s) of action
  • Investigating possible chemical and physical interactions between organic pollutants and trace elements in polluted environmental systems

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 13 April 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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