Journal of Hazardous Materials (J HAZARD MATER)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The Journal of Hazardous Materials publishes full length research papers, reviews, project reports, case studies and short communications which improve our understanding of the hazards and risks certain materials pose to people and the environment or deal with ways of controlling the hazards and associated risks. To limit the scope the following areas are excluded: work place health & safety, drugs, and nuclear related topics. The Journal is published in two parts: Part A: Risk Assessment and Management Characterization of the harmful effects of hazardous materials Impact assessment methods and models - acute and chronic effects of hazardous chemical releases Approaches to risk assessment and management, including legislation Incident case histories and lessons for risk management Part B Environmental Technologies Pollution control processes Inherently safer and cleaner technologies Treatment and disposal of solid, liquid and gaseous hazardous wastes Remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

Current impact factor: 4.53

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 4.529
2013 Impact Factor 4.331
2012 Impact Factor 3.925
2011 Impact Factor 4.173
2010 Impact Factor 3.723
2009 Impact Factor 4.144
2008 Impact Factor 2.975
2007 Impact Factor 2.337
2006 Impact Factor 1.855
2005 Impact Factor 1.544
2004 Impact Factor 1.433
2003 Impact Factor 1.099
2002 Impact Factor 0.823
2001 Impact Factor 0.497
2000 Impact Factor 0.424
1999 Impact Factor 0.849
1998 Impact Factor 0.672
1997 Impact Factor 0.608
1996 Impact Factor 0.545
1995 Impact Factor 0.597
1994 Impact Factor 0.497
1993 Impact Factor 0.671
1992 Impact Factor 0.511

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 5.28
Cited half-life 5.40
Immediacy index 0.66
Eigenfactor 0.13
Article influence 1.11
Website Journal of Hazardous Materials website
Other titles Journal of hazardous materials
ISSN 0304-3894
OCLC 2246095
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Hazardous Materials 03/2016; DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.11.031
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    ABSTRACT: Perfluoooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) is a perfluorinated compound (PFC) highly resistant to conventional advance oxidation processes, which was widely used in industrial activities due to its surfactant nature, olephobic-hydrophobic properties, and chemical inertness. Sonochemical treatment has been suggested as an effective approach to treat aqueous solutions containing minimal levels of PFCs. This study investigates PFOS sonochemical degradation and its dependency on the initial concentration (10-460μM), and the applied sound frequency (25 and 500kHz, and 1MHz). PFOS was degraded by sonochemical treatment at concentrations as high as 460μM, as demonstrated by fluoride release and total organic content data. PFOS degradation rate was higher at megasonic frequencies (1MHz) compared to ultrasonic frequencies (25-500kHz). PFOS degradation was controlled by saturation kinetics as indicated by an increase in PFOS degradation rate with increasing PFOS concentration until a maximum, after which the degradation rate was independent of the concentration. The saturation conditions were dependent on the sound frequency, and they were reached at a lower concentration under 1MHz (100μM) compared to the 500kHz frequency (>460μM). Overall, the results of this study demonstrate that high PFOS concentration can be effectively sonochemically treated using megasonic frequencies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 12/2015; 300:662-669. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.07.077
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    ABSTRACT: Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and its replacement alternative tetrabromobisphenol S (TBBPS) are used widely as brominated flame retardants (BFRs). However, the potential risk of their effects on bovine trypsin remains largely unknown. We investigated the effects of TBBPA and TBBPS to bovine trypsin by the fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. They statically quenched the intrinsic fluorescence of bovine trypsin in a concentration-dependent mode and caused slight red-shifted fluorescence. The short and long fluorescence lifetime decay components of bovine trypsin were both affected, partly due to the disturbed microenvironmental changes of Trp215. The β-sheet content of bovine trypsin was significantly reduced from 82.4% to 75.7% and 76.6% by TBBPA and TBBPS, respectively, possibly impairing the physiological function of bovine trypsin. TBBPA and TBBPS bind at the 8-anilinonaphthalene-1-sulfonate (ANS) binding site with an association constant of 1.09×10(4)M(-1) and 2.41×10(4)M(-1) at 298K, respectively. MD simulations revealed that van der Waals interactions and hydrogen bond interactions are dominant for TBBPA, whereas electrostatic interactions are critical for TBBPS. Our in vitro and in silico studies are beneficial to the understanding of risk assessment and future design of environmental benign BFRs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 12/2015; 299:486–494. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.07.050
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    ABSTRACT: Thallium (Tl) is a highly volatile and toxic heavy metal regarded to cause pollution even at very low concentrations of several parts per million. Despite the extremely high risk of Tl in the environment, limited information on removal/recovery exists. The study focussed on the use of green algae to determine the sorption potential and recovery of Tl. From the study, removal efficiency was achieved at 100% for lower concentrations of ≥150mg/L of Tl. At higher concentrations in a range of 250-500mg/L, the performance of algae was still higher with sorption capacity (qmax) between 830 and 1000mg/g. Generally, Chlorella vulgaris was the best adsorbent with a high qmax and lower affinity of 1000mg/g and 1.11L/g, respectively. When compared to other studies on Tl adsorption, the tested algae showed a better qmax than most adsorbents. The kinetic studies showed better correlation co-efficient of ≤0.99 for Pseudo-second order model than the first order model. Recovery was achieved highest for C. vulgaris using nitric acid at 93.3%. The strongest functional groups responsible for Tl binding on the algal cell wall were carboxyl and phenols. Green algae from freshwater bodies showed significant potential for Tl removal/recovery from industrial wastewater. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 12/2015; 299:67-77. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.06.011

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  • Journal of Hazardous Materials 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.11.046
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    ABSTRACT: Bioleaching of spent batteries was often conducted at pulp density of 1.0% or lower. In this work, metallic ions catalytic bioleaching was used for release Zn and Mn from spent ZMBs at 10% of pulp density. The results showed only Cu(2+) improved mobilization of Zn and Mn from the spent batteries among tested four metallic ions. When Cu(2+) content increased from 0 to 0.8g/L, the maximum release efficiency elevated from 47.7% to 62.5% for Zn and from 30.9% to 62.4% for Mn, respectively. The Cu(2+) catalysis boosted bioleaching of resistant hetaerolite through forming a possible intermediate CuMn2O4 which was subject to be attacked by Fe(3+) based on a cycle of Fe(3+)/Fe(2+). However, poor growth of cells, formation of KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6 and its possible blockage between cells and energy matters destroyed the cycle of Fe(3+)/Fe(2+), stopping bioleaching of hetaerolite. The chemical reaction controlled model fitted best for describing Cu(2+) catalytic bioleaching of spent ZMBs. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 11/2015; 298. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.05.038
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    ABSTRACT: Phthalates or phthalic acid esters are a group of xenobiotic and hazardous compounds blended in plastics to enhance their plasticity and versatility. Enormous quantities of phthalates are produced globally for the production of plastic goods, whose disposal and leaching out into the surroundings cause serious concerns to the environment, biota and human health. Though in silico computational, in vitro mechanistic, pre-clinical animal and clinical human studies showed endocrine disruption, hepatotoxic, teratogenic and carcinogenic properties, usage of phthalates continues due to their cuteness, attractive chemical properties, low production cost and lack of suitable alternatives. Studies revealed that microbes isolated from phthalate-contaminated environmental niches efficiently bioremediate various phthalates. Based upon this background, this review addresses the enumeration of major phthalates used in industry, routes of environmental contamination, evidences for health hazards, routes for in situ and ex situ microbial degradation, bacterial pathways involved in the degradation, major enzymes involved in the degradation process, half-lives of phthalates in environments, etc. Briefly, this handy module would enable the readers, environmentalists and policy makers to understand the impact of phthalates on the environment and the biota, coupled with the concerted microbial efforts to alleviate the burden of ever increasing load posed by phthalates.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 11/2015; 298:58-72. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.05.004.

  • Journal of Hazardous Materials 11/2015; 298:58-72.
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of colloids on the occurrence, phase distribution and photolysis of twenty-seven emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) was studied in domestic and livestock wastewaters (DW and LW), respectively. Filtered water (<1μm) was separated into permeate (<1kDa) and retentate (1kDa-1μm) by cross flow ultrafiltration. Results indicated that total concentration of EOCs ranged from 1220ngL(-1) in permeate of DW to 5065ngL(-1) in retentate of LW. The average EOC fraction associated with colloids was 13.5% and 14.4% in DW and LW. Most of the EOCs exhibited pseudo-first-order degradation kinetics in all water samples. Control experiments using glass and quartz reactors showed that UV light was more effective on the photolysis of most EOCs. The EOCs photolysis in the three fractions of DW and LW could be accelerated or inhibited compared to ultrapure water with the enhancement factor ranging from -0.94 to 7.33. The impact of colloids on the photolysis of EOCs depended on the compound and the source of water. The photolysis of most EOCs in permeates and filtrates was generally accelerated, while inhibited in the retentates, which could be attributed to the relatively high dissolved organic carbon contents in retentates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 11/2015; 299:241-248. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.06.022