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Emerging contaminants

Studies on emerging contaminants have “emerged” around the turn of the millennium and have become the focus of much research effort in environmental sciences. This thematic series is devoted to the environmental chemistry of emerging contaminants. Emerging contaminants can be considered as those contaminants that have appeared only recently but would be better named as contaminants of emerging concerns. Many emerging contaminants have been in the environment for a while but concerns over their presence and potential impact have been raised much more recently. Finally, we have also expanded the theme to include emerging issues about more traditional contaminants (so as to also tackle new facts or information which shed a new perspective on the problems associated with well-known villains).

Editor: Prof Sébastien Sauvé


  1. Review

    A review of what is an emerging contaminant

    A review is presented of how one defines emerging contaminants and what can be included in that group of contaminants which is preferably termed “contaminants of emerging concern”. An historical perspective is...

    Sébastien Sauvé and Mélanie Desrosiers

    Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:15

    Published on: 26 February 2014

  2. Research article

    Uptake and sorption of aluminium and fluoride by four green algal species

    We examined the uptake and sorption of aluminium (Al) and fluoride (F) by green algae under conditions similar to those found in the effluents of the aluminium industry. We took into account the speciation of ...

    Danaé Pitre, Amiel Boullemant and Claude Fortin

    Chemistry Central Journal 2014 8:8

    Published on: 1 February 2014

  3. Review

    Bioaccumulation and ecotoxicity of carbon nanotubes

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have numerous industrial applications and may be released to the environment. In the aquatic environment, pristine or functionalized CNT have different dispersion behavior, potentially l...

    Petra Jackson, Nicklas Raun Jacobsen, Anders Baun, Renie Birkedal, Dana Kühnel, Keld Alstrup Jensen, Ulla Vogel and Håkan Wallin

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:154

    Published on: 13 September 2013

  4. Research article

    Online solid phase extraction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (SPE-LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of sucralose in reclaimed and drinking waters and its photo degradation in natural waters from South Florida

    Sucralose has gained popularity as a low calorie artificial sweetener worldwide. Due to its high stability and persistence, sucralose has shown widespread occurrence in environmental waters, at concentrations ...

    Sudha Rani Batchu, Natalia Quinete, Venkata R Panditi and Piero R Gardinali

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:141

    Published on: 22 August 2013

  5. Research article

    Ultra high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for rapid analysis of trace organic contaminants in water

    The widespread utilization of organic compounds in modern society and their dispersion through wastewater have resulted in extensive contamination of source and drinking waters. The vast majority of these comp...

    Tarun Anumol, Sylvain Merel, Bradley O Clarke and Shane A Snyder

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:104

    Published on: 18 June 2013

  6. Research article

    Performance of a constructed wetland in Grand Marais, Manitoba, Canada: Removal of nutrients, pharmaceuticals, and antibiotic resistance genes from municipal wastewater

    The discharge of complex mixtures of nutrients, organic micropollutants, and antibiotic resistance genes from treated municipal wastewater into freshwater systems are global concerns for human health and aquat...

    Julie C Anderson, Jules C Carlson, Jennifer E Low, Jonathan K Challis, Charles S Wong, Charles W Knapp and Mark L Hanson

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:54

    Published on: 18 March 2013

  7. Research article

    Transformation of PVP coated silver nanoparticles in a simulated wastewater treatment process and the effect on microbial communities

    Manufactured silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are one of the most commonly used nanomaterials in consumer goods and consequently their concentrations in wastewater and hence wastewater treatment plants are predict...

    Casey L Doolette, Mike J McLaughlin, Jason K Kirby, Damien J Batstone, Hugh H Harris, Huoqing Ge and Geert Cornelis

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:46

    Published on: 4 March 2013

  8. Research article

    Ozone oxidation of antidepressants in wastewater –Treatment evaluation and characterization of new by-products by LC-QToFMS

    The fate of 14 antidepressants along with their respective N-desmethyl metabolites and the anticonvulsive drug carbamazepine was examined in a primary sewage treatment plant (STP) and following advanced treatment...

    André Lajeunesse, Mireille Blais, Benoît Barbeau, Sébastien Sauvé and Christian Gagnon

    Chemistry Central Journal 2013 7:15

    Published on: 25 January 2013