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Volatile Methylsiloxanes in the Environment

  • Vera Homem
  • Nuno Ratola
Book

Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 89)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Yuichi Horii, Kurunthachalam Kannan
    Pages 33-70
  3. De-Gao Wang, Mehran Alaee
    Pages 119-130
  4. N. de Arespacochaga, J. Raich-Montiu, M. Crest, J. L. Cortina
    Pages 131-157
  5. Josep Sanchís, Marinella Farré
    Pages 159-180
  6. A. Cincinelli, T. Martellini, R. Scodellini, C. Scopetani, C. Guerranti, A. Katsoyiannis
    Pages 181-200
  7. Eva Gallego, Pilar Teixidor, Francisco Javier Roca, José Francisco Perales
    Pages 201-225
  8. Michael S. McLachlan
    Pages 227-245
  9. Ingjerd S. Krogseth, Nicholas A. Warner
    Pages 279-313
  10. Vera Homem, Nuno Ratola
    Pages 315-320

About this book

Introduction

Comprising 12 chapters, this book focuses on volatile methylsiloxanes (VMSs), the shorter-chained organosiloxanes, and reviews the main areas and environmental compartments where they have been found and studied.

It opens with a detailed description of the structural and functional properties, toxic risks and possible transformations of VMSs in the environment and their main uses in various activities and products, as well as the identification of the main sources of emission. Further chapters examine the analytical strategies and protocols that have been used to address the quantification of VMSs, including the issue of possible cross-contaminations. The book also discusses the presence of VMSs in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and in water bodies, their atmospheric fate and levels in biota, as well as occurrences of VMSs in remote areas of the world. It closes with a comprehensive conclusion and discussion on future directions for upcoming studies.

This book is not intended as a finishing line, but rather as an important step towards improving our understanding of VMSs, to fuel new collaborations between research groups and/or with industry and lastly to convince more researchers to explore the mysteries of these ubiquitous, yet understudied, chemicals.

Keywords

Siloxane VMS Ecotoxicology Wastewater treatment Human exposure Air pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Vera Homem
    • 1
  • Nuno Ratola
    • 2
  1. 1.LEPABE – Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.LEPABE – Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

About the editors

Vera Homem is an Assistant Researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), a research unit at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP, Portugal) and has been an Invited Assistant Professor at FEUP since 2013. She graduated in Chemical Engineering (2007) and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (2011) from FEUP. Her research has mainly focused on environmental chemistry, namely the development of new analytical methodologies for the detection of emerging organic contaminants in trace levels in the environment, monitoring strategies, development of risk assessment studies (exposure assessment, effects assessment and risk characterization), prioritization systems, remediation technologies (advanced oxidation processes and sorption) and waste valorisation.

 

Nuno Ratola has been a Principal Researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), based at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP, Portugal) since 2019, and an Invited Assistant Professor at FEUP since 2015. He graduated in Chemical Engineering (1996), and completed his Master’s in Environmental Engineering (2002) and PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering (2009) at FEUP. He has profited from numerous external residencies at various leading foreign research institutions, including a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Murcia (Spain) from 2012 to 2014. His research interests include environmental chemistry and the behaviour of legacy and emerging organic contaminants, field sampling strategies, advanced analytical techniques, waste valorisation for energy production and safe recycling (circular economy), human exposure assessment and climate change scenarios.

 

 

 

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