The Introduction of the Special Issue

Nanomaterials for detection, monitoring and remediation of environmental pollutants: Due to unique features of nanomaterials, such as size, surface area, adsorptivity, photoelectronic, and photocatalytic properties, they have emerged to be important materials in the analytical detection and remediation of environmental pollutants. Environmental detection and remediation have been substantially benefiting from progress in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in the past decades. The aim of this special issue is to provide environmental research community with a forum to share innovative ideas and to present an up-to-date account of advancement in these areas. We invite the experts in the related fields to contribute original research papers and review articles.


The Research Scope of the Special Issue

· Preparation and application of various nanomaterials and nanostructures, made from metals and metal (hydro)oxides, carbon and graphene, polymers, biomacromolecules, and their composites, for environmental detection, monitoring and remediation

· Identification and quantification of chemical, biological, and medical agents/toxins in various media (air, water, soils, and foods) based on nanomaterials and nanosensors

· Sensing principles and mechanisms of nanomaterials based surface plasmon resonance (SPR), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), fluorescence, colorimetry, and electrical and electrochemical sensing

· Water/wastewater treatment, air quality control, soil and sediment remediation using nanomaterials, nanocatalysts, and nanomaterials-doped membrane technology

· Adsorption, degradation, and removal mechanisms of the environmental contaminants over nanoadsorbents, nanocatalysts, and nanotechnology-based membrane separation, filtration processes, and photodegradation

· Fate and transport and determination methods of engineered nanomaterials in environmental media


The Article Title of the Special Issue

1: Nanoparticle-assisted pollutant pretreatment for detection

2: Nanoparticles as SERS substrates for pollutant detection

3: Nanoparticle-based signal transition for pollutant detection

4: Carbon-based nanoparticles for pollutant removal

5: semiconductor oxides for photodegradation of pollutants

6: Magnetic nanoparticles in pollutant removal and degradation

7: Other nanoparticles for pollutant removal and degradation


Submission guidelines

All papers should be submitted via the Materials Physics and Chemistry submission system: http://ojs.piscomed.com/index.php/mpc

Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the field of interest of the Special Issue.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Due: November 15 , 2019


The Lead Guest Editor

Xinman Tu