Yunsong Mu

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Metals are widely distributed pollutants in water and can have detrimental effects on some aquatic life and humans. Over the past few decades, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has published a series of criteria guidelines, which contain specific criteria maximum concentrations (CMCs) for 10 metals. However, CMCs for other metals(More)
Criteria continuous concentrations (CCCs) are useful for describing chronic exposure to pollutants and setting water quality standards to protect aquatic life. However, because of financial, practical, or ethical restrictions on toxicity testing, few data are available to derive CCCs. In this study, CCCs for 34 metals or metalloids were derived using(More)
Some polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) may have endocrine-disrupting (ED) potencies. In this study, molecular docking and three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) were performed to explore the possible anti-androgenicity of PBDEs. Based on the alignment generated by docking conformations, a highly predictive comparative(More)
Fullerene can be suspended in water as nanoscaled-fullerene-aggregates (nC(60)). However, little is known about its biogeochemical cycling in natural waters. In this paper, the interactions between nC(60) and fulvic acids were investigated using fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence quenching titration. The results show that the intrinsic fluorescence(More)
Criteria and Ecological Risk Assessment Chenglian Feng,† Fengchang Wu,*,† Yunsong Mu,† Wei Meng,† Scott D. Dyer,‡ Ming Fan,‡ Sandy Raimondo, and Mace G. Barron †State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China ‡The Procter & Gamble Company, Global Product(More)
BACKGROUND The enormous physicochemical and structural diversity of metal oxide nanoparticles (MeONPs) poses significant challenges to the testing of their biological uptake, biodistribution, and effects that can be used to develop understanding of key nano-bio modes of action. This has generated considerable uncertainties in the assessment of their human(More)
Marine pollution by metals has been a major challenge for ecological systems; however, water quality criteria (WQC) for metals in saltwater is still lacking. Especially from a regulatory perspective, chronic effects of metals on marine organisms should receive more attention. A quantitative ion characteristic-activity relationships-species sensitivity(More)
Transition metals are a group of elements widespread in aquatic environments that can be hazardous when concentrations exceeding threshold values. Due to insufficient data, criteria maximum concentrations (CMCs) of only seven transition metals for protecting aquatic life have been recommended by the USEPA. Hence, it is deemed necessary to develop empirical(More)
Both nonparametric and parametric approaches were used to construct SSDs for use in ecological risk assessments. Based on toxicity to representative aquatic species and typical water contaminants of metals and metalloids in China, nonparametric methods based on the bootstrap were statistically superior to the parametric curve-fitting approaches. Knowing(More)
Organic matter (OM) has been characterized using thermal analysis in O2 atmospheres, but it is not clear if OM can be characterized using slow thermal degradation in N2 atmospheres (STDN). This article presents a new method to estimate the behavior of OM in anaerobic environment. Seventeen different plants from Tai Lake (Ch: Taihu), China were heated to 600(More)