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Environmental Chemistry publishes papers reporting chemistry that enhances our understanding of the environment including air, water, soil, sediments, and biota. More

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Published online 02 July 2015
Iron(III)-induced activation of chloride from artificial sea-salt aerosol 
Julian Wittmer, Sergej Bleicher, Johannes Ofner and Cornelius Zetzsch

Environmental context. Inorganic, natural aerosols (sea-salt, mineral dust, glacial flour) and contributions of anthropogenic components (fly ash, dust from steel production and processing, etc.) contain iron that can be dissolved as FeIII in saline media. This study investigates photochemical processes in clouds and aerosols producing gas-phase Cl as a function of salt- and gas-phase composition employing a simulation chamber. Atomic Cl may contribute to the oxidative capacity of the troposphere, and our findings imply local sources.

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Published online 01 July 2015
Seasonal changes in chlorine and methoxyl content of leaves of deciduous trees and their impact on release of chloromethane and methanol at elevated temperatures 
W. Colin McRoberts, Frank Keppler, David B. Harper and John T. G. Hamilton

Environmental context. Chloromethane is the most abundant naturally produced chlorine-containing organic compound, responsible for ~16 % of chlorine-catalysed stratospheric ozone destruction. A significant source of this gas is emission from biomass by reaction between chloride ion and methoxyl groups of the biopolymers pectin and lignin. The seasonal changes in the chlorine and methoxyl pools observed in leaves of several deciduous tree species have implications for understanding chlorine volatilisation during biomass burning and estimation of the global chloromethane budget.

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Published online 29 June 2015
Thermolytic degradation of methylmethionine and implications for its role in DMS and MeCl formation in hypersaline environments 
Ines Mulder, Torsten Krause, Tobias Sattler, Christoph Tubbesing, Sabine Studenroth, Krzysztof Bukowski, Elliot Atlas and Heinz F. Schöler

Environmental context. Methyl chloride and dimethyl sulfide are important atmospheric trace gases, but their biogeochemical contributions to the atmosphere are not fully understood. The amino acid derivative methyl methionine has been hypothesised to be a precursor of these two atmospheric gases, especially in drying salt-lake environments. We found methyl chloride and dimethyl sulfide in salt crystals and soils samples of hypersaline lakes, suggesting that a thermal decay of methyl methionine could be one of the formation mechanisms responsible.

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Published online 29 June 2015
New particle formation above a simulated salt lake in aerosol chamber experiments 
K. A. Kamilli, J. Ofner, B. Lendl, P. Schmitt-Kopplin and A. Held

Environmental context. Deforestation in Western Australia beginning in the mid-19th century led to a considerable change of the land surface, and Western Australia is now suffering more often from droughts. Particle formation induced by salt lakes has been identified as a potential control factor for changed precipitation patterns. This study aims to determine key factors involved in the particle formation process by simulating a simplified salt lake in an aerosol chamber in the laboratory.

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Published online 29 June 2015
Vertical distribution of BrO in the boundary layer at the Dead Sea 
Robert Holla, Stefan Schmitt, Udo Frieß, Denis Pöhler, Jutta Zingler, Ulrich Corsmeier and Ulrich Platt

Environmental context. Reactive halogen species affect chemical processes in the troposphere in many ways. The reactive bromine species bromine monoxide (BrO) is found in high concentrations at the Dead Sea, but processes for its formation and its spatial distribution are largely unknown. Information on the vertical distribution of BrO at the Dead Sea obtained in this work may give insight into the processes leading to BrO release and its consequences.

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Published online 22 June 2015
Iron-catalysed oxidation and halogenation of organic matter in nature 
Peter Comba, Marion Kerscher, Torsten Krause and Heinz Friedrich Schöler

Environmental context. Natural organohalogens produced in and released from soils are of utmost importance for ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Formation mechanisms of natural organohalogens are reviewed with particular attention to recent advances in biomimetic chemistry as well as in radical-based Fenton chemistry. Iron-catalysed oxidation in biotic and abiotic systems converts organic matter in nature to organohalogens.

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Published online 11 June 2015
Dynamics of halocarbons in coastal surface waters during short term mesocosm experiments 
Anna Orlikowska, Christian Stolle, Falk Pollehne, Klaus Jürgens and Detlef E. Schulz-Bull

Environmental context. Halocarbons are trace gases important in atmospheric ozone chemistry whose biogenic production – among other factors – depends on light-induced stress of marine algae. Several studies have confirmed this effect in laboratory experiments but knowledge in natural systems remains sparse. In mesocosm experiments, which are a link between field and laboratory studies, we observed that the influence of natural levels of ultraviolet radiation on halocarbon dynamics in the marine surface waters was either insignificant or concealed by the complex interactions in the natural systems.

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Published online 02 June 2015
Halogenated hydrocarbon formation in a moderately acidic salt lake in Western Australia – role of abiotic and biotic processes 
A. Ruecker, P. Weigold, S. Behrens, M. Jochmann, X. L. Osorio Barajas and A. Kappler

Environmental context. Volatile halogenated organic compounds (VOX) contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. Here we demonstrate that acidic salt lake sediments in Western Australia contribute to the global natural emission of these compounds and that the emissions are primarily of biotic origin. Elucidating major sources and sinks of VOX is a key task in environmental chemistry because their formation and degradation have major effects on atmospheric chemistry and thus earth climate.

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Published online 01 June 2015
Dissolution of mixed amorphous–crystalline Cd-containing Fe coprecipitates in the presence of common organic ligands 
Carla E. Rosenfeld and Carmen E. Martínez

Environmental context. Common soil minerals, which often contain trace metals in contaminated environments, are thought to limit metal-related risks in the environment. We studied the stability of these contaminated minerals and found that the presence of plant-derived organic compounds can alter contaminant availability in such environments. Understanding how soluble organics may change trace metal availability helps to predict risk and potentially remediate such environments more efficiently.

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Published online 29 May 2015
A recent survey of naturally occurring organohalogen compounds 
Gordon W. Gribble

Environmental context. The general perception that nature does not produce compounds containing halogens – chlorine, bromine, iodine and fluorine – is now known to be erroneous. Modern isolation and identification techniques have led to the discovery of more than 5000 halogen-containing compounds from myriad marine and terrestrial plant and animal sources. Many of these compounds possess extraordinary biological activity, including anticancer, antiviral and antibacterial activity of potential human benefit.

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Published online 25 May 2015
Interaction of humic acids with soil minerals: adsorption and surface aggregation induced by Ca2+ 
Nanci Kloster and Marcelo Avena

Environmental context. Humic acids, important components of natural organic matter in soils, sediments and aquatic media, can interact with the surface of minerals affecting key environmental processes. In the presence of calcium, humic acids can also interact among themselves leading to molecular aggregates. We demonstrate that a solid mineral surface facilitates the formation of humic acid aggregates, and thus surface aggregation occurs under conditions where normal aggregation in solution does not occur.

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Published online 20 May 2015
Change in chirality of semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes can overcome anionic surfactant stabilisation: a systematic study of aggregation kinetics 
Iftheker A. Khan, Joseph R. V. Flora, A. R. M. Nabiul Afrooz, Nirupam Aich, P. Ariette Schierz, P. Lee Ferguson, Tara Sabo-Attwood and Navid B. Saleh

Environmental context. Chirally enriched semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are some of the most utilised nanomaterials. Although chirality of SWNTs is known to influence their electronic properties and interfacial interaction, the interplay between chirality and surfactant structure in SWNT stability is not well understood. This study investigates these interactions, providing data to better assess the environmental fate of SWNTs.

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Published online 20 May 2015
Effect of fluctuating oxygen concentration on iron oxidation at the pelagic ferrocline of a meromictic lake 
Jenny Bravidor, Julika Kreling, Andreas Lorke and Matthias Koschorreck

Environmental context. The cycling of iron plays an important role in pelagic boundary zones such as the oxic–anoxic interface where physical and chemical gradients occur. The turnover of iron in this zone depends on oxygen fluctuation and the duration of the fluctuation event. This study increases the understanding of biogeochemical iron transformation in such hotspots.

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Published online 20 April 2015
Adsorption of trace metals by microplastic pellets in fresh water 
Andrew Turner and Luke A. Holmes

Environmental context. Although microplastics are known to adsorb and transport contaminants in the aquatic environment, there is no information on the significance of the effect in fresh waters. We studied the adsorption of metals to new and aged plastic pellets in river water, and show interactions that are dependent on time, pH and metal concentration. Because metals have a higher affinity for aged pellets than for new pellets, weathered microplastics could represent a significant vehicle for the transport of metals in aquatic environments.

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Volume 12 Number 3 2015
RESEARCH FRONT: Fracking: Environmental Challenges and Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

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Foreword to ‘Fracking: Environmental Challenges and Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development' Research Front 
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Jason Unrine, Kelvin Gregory and Graeme Batley
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Current perspective on produced water management challenges during hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas recovery 
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Kelvin Gregory and Arvind Murali Mohan
pp. 261-266

Environmental context. There is growing worldwide interest in the production of oil and gas from deep, shale formations following advances in the technical expertise to exploit these resources such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The potential widespread application of hydraulic fracturing has raised concerns over deleterious environmental impacts on fragile water resources. We discuss the environmental management challenges faced by the oil and gas industry, and the opportunities for innovation in the industry.


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Chemical and bioanalytical assessment of coal seam gas associated water 
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Janet Y. M. Tang, Mauricio Taulis, Jacinta Edebeli, Frederic D. L. Leusch, Paul Jagals, Gregory P. Jackson and Beate I. Escher
pp. 267-285

Environmental context. Water associated with coal seam gas is generally of poor quality and thus its management and potential further usage is a subject of concern. In a comprehensive study involving chemical and bioanalytical assessments of coal seam gas associated water, we found that less than 5 % of the biological effects could be explained by chemical analysis. The use of bioanalytical tools to complement chemical analysis is recommended for monitoring the quality of water associated with coal seam gas.

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In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of a hydraulic fracturing fluid 
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Madeleine E. Payne, Heather F. Chapman, Janet Cumming and Frederic D. L. Leusch
pp. 286-292

Environmental context. Hydraulic fracturing fluids, used in large volumes by the coal seam gas mining industry, are potentially present in the environment either in underground formations or in mine wastewater (produced water). Previous studies of the human health and environmental effects of this practice have been limited because they use only desktop methods and have not considered combined mixture toxicity. We use a novel in vitro method for toxicity assessment, and describe the toxicity of a hydraulic fracturing fluid on a human gastrointestinal cell line.

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Microbial fuel cells under extreme salinity: performance and microbial analysis 
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Oihane Monzon, Yu Yang, Cong Yu, Qilin Li and Pedro J. J. Alvarez
pp. 293-299

Environmental context. The treatment of extremely saline, high-strength wastewaters while producing electricity represents a great opportunity to mitigate environmental effects and recover resources associated with wastes from shale oil and gas production. This paper demonstrates that extreme halophilic microbes can produce electricity at salinity up to 3- to 7-fold higher than sea water.


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Corrigendum to: In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of a hydraulic fracturing fluid 
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Madeleine E. Payne , Heather F. Chapman , Janet Cumming and Frederic D. L. Leusch
pp. 300-300
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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products alter growth and function in lentic biofilms 
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Lawton Shaw, Chuyen Phung and Michael Grace
pp. 301-306

Environmental context. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are routinely found in waters discharged from treatment plants and in surrounding aquatic ecosystems. Despite the widespread occurrence of these biologically active agents, there is limited understanding of their potential effects on key ecosystem processes such as primary production, ecosystem respiration and algal growth. This paper examines the effects of five common pharmaceuticals on the rates of these fundamental processes.


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Formation of polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-quinones during the gas phase reactions of PAHs with the OH radical in the atmosphere 
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Ji Yi Lee, Douglas A. Lane and Yong Pyo Kim
pp. 307-315

Environmental context. Atmospheric quinones present a potential toxic risk to human health because of their involvement in the generation of reactive oxygen species. Gas phase reactions of naphthalene and phenanthrene with the OH radical are investigated in a laboratory reaction chamber to provide a preliminary assessment of the importance of the atmospheric formation of quinones.

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Exploring the seasonal NMHC distribution in an urban area of the Middle East during ECOCEM campaigns: very high loadings dominated by local emissions and dynamics 
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Thérèse Salameh, Stéphane Sauvage, Charbel Afif, Agnès Borbon, Thierry Léonardis, Jérôme Brioude, Antoine Waked and Nadine Locoge
pp. 316-328

Environmental context. Non-methane hydrocarbons play an important role in the formation of photochemical oxidants such as ozone. We investigate factors controlling the distribution of non-methane hydrocarbons in an urban area of the Middle East. The study highlights the importance of local emissions and atmospheric dynamics, and the limited effect of photochemistry at the measurement site.


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Free Zn2+ determination in natural freshwaters of the Pyrenees: towards on-site measurements with AGNES 
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Corinne Parat, Laurent Authier, Alain Castetbon, David Aguilar, Encarna Companys, Jaume Puy, Josep Galceran and Martine Potin-Gautier
pp. 329-337

Environmental context. Knowledge of the speciation of metals, especially of the free metal ion concentration, is essential to understand the fate of these elements in rivers and their effects on living organisms. On-site analyses are preferred for these measurements as they allow problems associated with sample transportation and preservation to be avoided. In this context, an on-site methodology based on an electrochemical method and screen-printed sensors has been developed in the laboratory and validated on site.


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Characteristics, seasonality and sources of inorganic ions and trace metals in North-east Asian aerosols 
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Chandra Mouli Pavuluri, Kimitaka Kawamura, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos and Pingqing Fu
pp. 338-349

Environmental context. Atmospheric aerosols affect the Earth’s climate system and can cause adverse effects on human health depending on their loading and chemical composition. This study presents the chemical characteristics and seasonality of inorganic ions and trace metals in atmospheric aerosols from Sapporo, northern Japan, and explores their possible sources. The work is relevant for our understanding of atmospheric composition and climate change.

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Hydrocarbons in a coral reef ecosystem subjected to anthropogenic pressures (La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean) 
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Catherine Guigue, Lionel Bigot, Jean Turquet, Marc Tedetti, Nicolas Ferretto, Madeleine Goutx and Pascale Cuet
pp. 350-365

Environmental context. Hydrocarbons are among the most widespread and harmful pollutants found in the aquatic media. Although they have been investigated in various temperate coastal environments, their dynamics in coral reef tropical ecosystems, which are under increasing human pressure, remain poorly understood. It was found that hydrocarbons had moderate to high concentrations, multiple origins (biogenic and anthropogenic) and could be used to track inland intrusions in fore reef waters of the eutrophicated La Saline reef ecosystem (La Réunion Island, Indian Ocean).


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Methoxylated and hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers in surface sediments from the southern Yellow Sea: spatial distribution and potential producers 
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Ying Fan, Jing Lan, Jiaokai Wang, Zongshan Zhao, Meixun Zhao and Guibin Jiang
pp. 366-373

Environmental context. Methoxylated and hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers are of increasing concern owing to their global distribution and potential ecological risks. We investigated the spatial distribution and sources of these brominated compounds in surface sediments from the southern Yellow Sea, China. The results suggest that marine phytoplankton may be the potential producers of these compounds, thereby providing new insights into their occurrence and provenance in marine environments.


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TlI and TlIII presence in suspended particulate matter: speciation analysis of thallium in wastewater 
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Natalia Ospina-Alvarez, Pawel Burakiewicz, Monika Sadowska and Beata Krasnodebska-Ostrega
pp. 374-379

Environmental context. Thallium occurs in the environment in two oxidation states, with TlIII being 1000-fold more toxic than TlI. We present a fractionation and speciation study of thallium in suspended particulate matter from highly polluted wastewater samples, and elucidate the dominant forms of thallium.


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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    EN14152  Accepted 22 June 2015
    Relationship of arsenic speciation and bioavailability in mine wastes for human health risk assessment
    Violet Diacomanolis, Barry Noller, Raijeli Taga, Hugh Harris, Jade Aitken, Jack Ng

    EN15066  Accepted 21 June 2015
    Revisited: DGT speciation analysis of metal/humic acid complexes
    Herman van Leeuwen

    EN15052  Accepted 18 June 2015
    Assessment of DMSP turnover reveals a non-bioavailable pool of dissolved DMSP in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico
    Chengxuan Li, Guipeng Yang, David Kieber, Jessie Motard-Côté, Ronald Kiene

    EN15046  Accepted 15 June 2015
    Bioaccumulation trends of arsenic and antimony in a freshwater ecosystem impacted by mine drainage
    Meghan Dovick, Thomas Kulp, Robert Arkle, David Pilliod

    EN14210  Accepted 03 June 2015
    Isotopic composition of polyhalomethanes from marine macrophytes -Systematic effects of the halogen substituents on the isotopic composition
    Enno Bahlmann, Christian Stolle, Ingo Weinberg, Richard Seifert, Detlef Schulz-Bull, Walter Michaelis

    EN14275  Accepted 02 June 2015
    Effects of iron limitation and UV radiation on Phaeocystis antarctica growth and DMSP, DMSO, and acrylate concentrations
    Joanna Kinsey, David Kieber, Patrick Neale

    EN14255  Accepted 02 June 2015
    Evaluation of diverse approaches for estimating sea surface DMS concentration and air-sea exchange at global scale
    Jan-Erik Tesdal, James Christian, Adam Monahan, Knut von Salzen

    EN14258  Accepted 28 May 2015
    Dimethylated sulfur compounds in coral-reef ecosystems
    Elisabeth Deschaseaux, Graham Jones, Hilton Swan

    EN14190  Accepted 28 May 2015
    Determination of cupric ion concentrations in marine waters: an improved procedure and comparison with other speciation methods
    Tara Tait, Lisa Rabson, Rachael Diamond, Christopher Cooper, James McGeer, Scott Smith

    EN15012  Accepted 21 May 2015
    Questions of size and numbers in environmental research on microplastics: methodological and conceptual aspects
    Montserrat Filella

    EN15037  Accepted 20 May 2015
    Effects of environmental changes, tissue types, and reproduction on the emissions of dimethyl sulfide from seaweeds that form green tides
    Kathryn Van Alstyne, Sue-Ann Gifford, Jenna Dohman, Monique Savedo

    EN15035  Accepted 20 May 2015
    Characterisation of bioaccumulation dynamics of three differently coated silver nanoparticles and aqueous silver in a simple freshwater food chain
    Judit Kalman, Kai Paul, Farhan Khan, Vicki Stone, Teresa Fernandes

    EN15025  Accepted 20 May 2015
    Biogeochemistry of dimethylsulfoniopropionate, dimethylsulfide and acrylic acid in the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea during autumn
    Yue Liu, Chun-ying Liu, Guipeng Yang, Hong-Hai Zhang, Sheng-Hui Zhang

    EN14266  Accepted 20 May 2015
    Spatial variability of dimethylsulfide (DMS) and dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in the southern Gulf of Mexico

    EN14265  Accepted 20 May 2015
    Effects of light and phosphorus on summer DMS dynamics in subtropical waters using a global ocean biogeochemical model
    Italo Masotti, Sauveur Belviso, Laurent Bopp, Alessandro Tagliabue, Eva Bucciarelli

    EN15029  Accepted 13 May 2015
    Geochemical controls on aluminium concentrations in coastal waters
    Brad Angel, Simon Apte, Graeme Batley, Lisa Golding

    EN14270  Accepted 12 May 2015
    Environmental control of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) cycling under ocean acidification
    Cathleen Zindler-Schlundt, Hannah Lutterbeck, Sonja Endres, Hermann Bange

    EN14234  Accepted 08 May 2015
    Occurrence, relative abundance and spatial distribution of microplastics and zooplankton NW of Sardinia in the Pelagos Sanctuary Protected Area, Mediterranean Sea
    Cristina Panti, Matteo Giannetti, Matteo Baini, Fabrizio Rubegni, Roberta Minutoli, Maria Cristina Fossi

    EN14226  Accepted 08 May 2015
    Consumption of reactive halogen species from sea-salt aerosol by secondary organic aerosol: Slowing down bromine explosion.
    Joelle Buxmann, Sergej Bleicher, Ulrich Platt, Roland von Glasow, Roberto Sommariva, Andreas Held, Cornelius Zetzsch, Johannes Ofner

    EN15073  Accepted 07 May 2015
    Iron isotope composition of aqueous phases of a lowland environment
    Stephan Schuth, Tim Mansfeldt

    EN15055  Accepted 07 May 2015
    Electric condensation of divalent counterions by humic acid nanoparticles
    Herman van Leeuwen, Raewyn Town

    EN15041  Accepted 07 May 2015
    Are humans exposed to increasing amounts of unidentified organofluorine?
    Leo Yeung, S. Mabury

    EN14267  Accepted 07 May 2015
    Exceptional accumulation and retention of dimethylsulfoniopropionate by molluscs
    Richard Hill, John Dacey

    EN15024  Accepted 05 May 2015
    Double-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles for Efficient Extraction of Bisphenol A from River Water
    Yipei Sheng, Huaqin Guan, Yanfang Zhang, Xuemei Zhang, Qingqing Zhou, Zhenkun Lin

    EN14273  Accepted 06 May 2015
    Transformations that affect fate, form and bioavailability of inorganic nanoparticles in aquatic sediments.
    Richard Cross, Charles Tyler, Tamara Galloway

    EN15064  Accepted 29 April 2015
    Distributions of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: a temporal and spatial variation analysis for pollen and honey samples
    Alex Lu, Chi-Hsuan Chang, Lin Tao, Mei Chen

    EN14228  Accepted 22 April 2015
    Volatile Selenium Fluxes from Selenium-contaminated Sediments in an Australian Coastal Lake
    Michael Ellwood, Larissa Schneider, Jaimie Potts, Graeme Batley, John Floyd, Bill Maher

    EN14245  Accepted 17 April 2015
    Can r-Graphene Oxide Replace the Noble Metals in SERS Studies: The Detection of Acrylamide
    Elad Segal, Aharon Gedanken

    EN15061  Accepted 15 April 2015
    First national-scale occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in streams across the U.S.A.
    Michelle Hladik, Dana Kolpin

    EN15027  Accepted 10 April 2015
    Impacts of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate and phosphate adsorption on aggregation of CeO2 nanoparticles: roles of pH and surface coverage
    Biao Wan, Yupeng Yan, Fan Liu, Wenfeng Tan, Jiajie He, Xionghan Feng

    EN15023  Accepted 03 April 2015
    Dimethylsulfoniopropionate in corals and its interrelations with bacterial assemblages in coral surface mucus
    Pedro Frade, Victoria Schwaninger, Bettina Glasl, Eva Sintes, Richard Hill, Rafel Simo, Gerhard Herndl

    EN14221  Accepted 03 April 2015
    A steady-state physiological model for intracellular dimethylsulfoxide concentrations in marine phytoplankton
    Michel Lavoie, Maurice Levasseur, William Sunda

    EN14172  Accepted 27 March 2015
    Beyond the ocean: Contamination of freshwater ecosystems with (micro-) plastic particles
    Rachid Dris, Hannes Imhof, Wilfried Sanchez, Johnny Gasperi, François Galgani, Bruno Tassin, Christian Laforsch

    EN15013  Accepted 26 March 2015
    Synthesis, characterization and aquatic ecotoxicity of the UV filter diethylaminohydroxybenzoylbenzoate (DHHB) and its chlorinated by-products
    Gorica Grbović, Olga Malev, Darko Dolenc, Roberta Sauerborn Klobučar, Želimira Cvetković, Bruno Cvetković, Branimir Jovančićević, Polonca Trebse

    EN14216  Accepted 21 March 2015
    Physical long term regeneration dynamics of soil organic matter as followed by 1H solid-state NMR methods
    Alexander Jäger, Jette Schwarz, Yamuna Kunhi Mouvenchery, Gabriele Schaumann, Marko Bertmer

    EN15026  Accepted 10 March 2015
    Air pollution: new insight from direct measurements of ozone production
    Piero Di Carlo

    EN14264  Accepted 08 March 2015
    Dimethylsulfide model calibration in the Barents Sea using a genetic algorithm and neural network
    Bo Qu, Albert Gabric, Meifang Zeng, Zhifeng Lu

    EN14229  Accepted 02 March 2015
    Environmental effects on arsenosugars and arsenolipids in Ectocarpus (Phaeophyta)
    Asta Petursdottir, Kyle Fletcher, Helga Gunnlaugsdottir, Eva Krupp, Frithjof Kuepper, Jorg Feldmann

    EN14233  Accepted 01 March 2015
    Voltammetric tools for trace element speciation in freshwaters: methodologies, outcomes and future perspectives
    Damiano Monticelli, Salvatore Caprara

    EN14218  Accepted 01 March 2015
    Plastic pollution in Swiss surface waters: nature and concentrations, interaction with pollutants
    Florian Faure, Colin Demars, Olivier Wieser, Manuel Kunz, Luiz de Alencastro

    EN14094  Accepted 18 February 2015
    Phosphorus and arsenic distributions in a seasonally-stratified, iron- and manganese-rich lake: microbiological and geochemical controls
    Adam Hartland, Martin Andersen, David Hamilton

    EN14205  Accepted 05 February 2015
    FPA-based micro-FTIR imaging for the analysis of microplastics in environmental samples
    Martin Löder, Mirco Kuczera, Svenja Mintenig, Claudia Lorenz, Gunnar Gerdts

    EN14236  Accepted 29 January 2015
    Characterization of Microplastics and Toxic Species Extracted from the Microplastic Samples from the North Pacific Gyre Collection Sites.
    Lorena Rios Mendoza, Patrick Jones

    EN14167  Accepted 07 January 2015
    Microplastic contamination in an urban area: a case study in Greater Paris
    Rachid Dris, Johnny Gasperi, Vicent Rocher, Mohamed Saad, Nicolas Renault, Bruno Tassin


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1. Published 25 August 2014
Observations and assessment of iron oxide and green rust nanoparticles in metal-polluted mine drainage within a steep redox gradient

Carol A. Johnson, Gina Freyer, Maria Fabisch, Manuel A. Caraballo, Kirsten Küsel and Michael F. Hochella

2. Published 22 May 2015
Chemical and bioanalytical assessment of coal seam gas associated water

Janet Y. M. Tang, Mauricio Taulis, Jacinta Edebeli, Frederic D. L. Leusch, Paul Jagals, Gregory P. Jackson and Beate I. Escher

3. Published 25 August 2014
Separation, detection and characterisation of engineered nanoparticles in natural waters using hydrodynamic chromatography and multi-method detection (light scattering, analytical ultracentrifugation and single particle ICP-MS)

Kim Proulx and Kevin J. Wilkinson

4. Published 28 January 2015
Multi-elemental scanning transmission X-ray microscopy–near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy assessment of organo–mineral associations in soils from reduced environments

Chunmei Chen and Donald L. Sparks

5. Published 25 August 2014
Current status and future direction for examining engineered nanoparticles in natural systems

Manuel D. Montaño, Gregory V. Lowry, Frank von der Kammer, Julie Blue and James F. Ranville

6. Published 25 March 2015
Dissolution of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles under natural freshwater conditions

Niksa Odzak, David Kistler, Renata Behra and Laura Sigg

7. Published 22 May 2015
In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of a hydraulic fracturing fluid

Madeleine E. Payne, Heather F. Chapman, Janet Cumming and Frederic D. L. Leusch

8. Published 25 August 2014
The persistence and transformation of silver nanoparticles in littoral lake mesocosms monitored using various analytical techniques

Lindsay M. Furtado, Md Ehsanul Hoque, Denise M. Mitrano, James F. Ranville, Beth Cheever, Paul C. Frost, Marguerite A. Xenopoulos, Holger Hintelmann and Chris D. Metcalfe

9. Published 28 January 2015
FeIIaq–FeIIIoxide electron transfer and Fe exchange: effect of organic carbon

Timothy Pasakarnis, Michael L. McCormick, Gene F. Parkin, Aaron Thompson and Michelle M. Scherer

10. Published 25 August 2014
Analysis of soil organic matter at the solid–water interface by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Stephanie C. Genest, Myrna J. Simpson, André J. Simpson, Ronald Soong and David J. McNally

11. Published 25 March 2015
Interpretation of heavy metal speciation in sequential extraction using geochemical modelling

Yanshan Cui and Liping Weng

12. Published 28 January 2015
Ligand- and oxygen-isotope-exchange pathways of geochemical interest

William H. Casey

13. Published 25 March 2015
Measurement of labile arsenic speciation in water and soil using diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)

Trang Huynh, Hugh H. Harris, Hao Zhang and Barry N. Noller

14. Published 25 August 2014
Recalcitrant pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment: a comparative screening study of their occurrence, formation of phototransformation products and their in vitro toxicity

Marlies Bergheim, Richard Gminski, Bernd Spangenberg, Malgorzata Dębiak, Alexander Bürkle, Volker Mersch-Sundermann, Klaus Kümmerer and Reto Gieré

15. Published 16 December 2014
A critical review of nanohybrids: synthesis, applications and environmental implications

Nirupam Aich, Jaime Plazas-Tuttle, Jamie R. Lead and Navid B. Saleh

16. Published 3 October 2014
Arsenic mobility and toxicity in South and South-east Asia – a review on biogeochemistry, health and socio-economic effects, remediation and risk predictions

E. Marie Muehe and Andreas Kappler

17. Published 16 December 2014
Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy analysis of arsenic chemical speciation in human nail clippings

Olena Ponomarenko, Mihai R. Gherase, Mark S. LeBlanc, Chang-Yong Kim, Elstan D. Desouza, Michael J. Farquharson, Fiona E. McNeill, Susan Nehzati, Ingrid J. Pickering, Graham N. George and David E. B. Fleming

18. Published 3 October 2014
Biosynthesis of arsenolipids by the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

Xi-Mei Xue, Georg Raber, Simon Foster, Song-Can Chen, Kevin A. Francesconi and Yong-Guan Zhu

19. Published 25 March 2015
Use of diffusive gradients in thin-films for studies of chemical speciation and bioavailability

Hao Zhang and William Davison

20. Published 16 December 2014
Antimony leaching from contaminated soil under manganese- and iron-reducing conditions: column experiments

Kerstin Hockmann, Susan Tandy, Markus Lenz and Rainer Schulin

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