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Topic: Human Exposure to Trace Contaminants via the Dermal Pathway

A special issue of Journal of Environmental Exposure Assessment

ISSN 2771-5949 (Online)

Submission deadline: 31 Aug 2022

Guest Editor(s)

  • Dr. Zhiguo Cao
    School of Environment, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan, China.

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Special Issue Introduction

Special Issue Flyer
All kinds of trace contaminants in both indoor and outdoor environments may enter the human body by inhalation, ingestion, and dermal absorption pathways. These constitute the overall exposure burden on the human body to contaminants. Up to now, research on human exposure to contaminants via inhalation and ingestion has been adequately conducted; however, understanding of the dermal exposure pathway is relatively poor, especially for emerging contaminants. Recent studies have already highlighted the significance of dermal absorption. However, less development occurred in the assessment of dermal exposures to trace contaminants compared to other exposure pathways. Researches on characteristics, sources, estimation methodologies, health risks, and prevention of human dermal exposure to trace contaminants are all in urgent need to fill the corresponding knowledge gaps.

This Special issue of Human exposure to trace contaminants via the dermal pathway will focus on new experimental and observational data in the area of the human dermal exposure assessment. In particular, it will cover a selection of all types of articles on the following potential topics:

● Observation on characteristics of typical population’s dermal exposure to emerging contaminants and the relevant health risk;
● Evaluation on the contribution of dermal exposure as a pathway to the total human external exposure to trace contaminants;
● Source apportionment for human dermal exposure to trace contaminants via various parts of human skin;
● Significant influencing factors on dermal exposure and prevention measures to reduce dermal exposure dose;
In vitro or animal experiments on the dermal uptake of emerging contaminants and its relevant toxicology;
● Novel methodology on the estimation of dermal exposure to trace contaminants for humans or development of models/parameters for dermal exposure assessment;

And other topics relevant to dermal exposure to trace contaminants.

We cordially invite all scientists who work in these fields to submit their articles (i.e., original research papers, review articles, commentaries, and editorials) for publication in this special issue.


1.Dr. Qing-Wei Bu, School of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining & Technology-Beijing, Beijing, China.
2.Dr. Peng-Tuan Hu, School of Environment, Key Laboratory for Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control, Ministry of Education, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, China.
3.Dr. Yuan-Cheng Li, School of Public Health, Shandong First Medical University, Shandong, China.
4.Dr. Xiao-Ying Li, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China.
5.Prof. An-Ping Zhang, Key Laboratory of Microbial Technology for Industrial Pollution Control of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China.
The list is in alphabetical order and being updated.

Submission Deadline

31 Aug 2022

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