ES&T's Best Papers of 2009 - Environmental Science & Technology

Use of a Liter-Scale Microbial Desalination Cell As a Platform to Study Bioelectrochemical Desalination with Salt Solution or Artificial Seawater...
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ES&T’s Best Papers of 2009 n 2009, ES&T published more than 1400 papers on a wide range of topics. But which papers were the top paperssthe best of the year? This year, our associate editors nominated papers that they felt were of the highest calibersthese are papers expected to have a significant and long-lasting impact on the field. A subcommittee from our editorial advisory board chaired by Susan Richardson pored over the nominations (of papers with an ASAP appearing in 2009) to create a short list for consideration in each category: environmental science, technology, and policy. I had the difficult task of trying to choose the best of the best. We hope this brings special recognition to you, our authors, and focuses attention on your high-quality papers. The Best Paper Awards are an annual event announced online ahead of this print issue. This year includes a news story by Kellyn Betts (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es100414j), and video coverage of this year’s awarded papers will commence on our Web site ( in May 2010. In addition, each author receives a certificate of recognition and our heartiest congratulations.

properties of humic substances. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (1), 87-93 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es902627p).

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Top Paper. Edwards, M.; Triantafyllidou, S.; Best, D. El-

evated blood lead in young children due to lead-contaminated drinking water: Washington, DC, 2001-2004. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (5), 1618-1623 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es802789w). First Runner-up. Knapp, C. W.; Dolfing, J.; Ehlert, P. A. I.; Graham, D. W. Evidence of increasing antibiotic resistance gene abundances in archived soils since 1940. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44 (2), 580-587 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es901221x). Second Runners-up. Payne-Sturges, D.; Cohen, J.; Castorina, R.; Axelrad, D. A.; Woodruff, T. J. Evaluating cumulative organophosphorus pesticide body burden of children: A national case study. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (20), 7924-7930 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es900713s). Aeschbacher, M.; Sander, M.; Schwarzenbach, R. P. Novel electrochemical approach to assess the redox


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Environmental Technology Top Paper. Cao, X.; Huang, X.; Liang, P.; Xiao, K.; Zhou, Y.; Zhang, X.; Logan, B. E. A new method for water desalination using microbial desalination cells. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (18), 7148-7152 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es901950j). First Runner-up. Flury, B.; Frommer, J.; Eggenberger, U.; Ma¨der, U.; Nachtegaal, M.; Kretzschmar, R. Assessment of long-term performance and chromate reduction mechanisms in a field scale permeable reactive barrier. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (17), 6786-6792 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es803526g). Second Runner-up. Armitage, J. M.; MacLeod, M.; Cousins, I. T. Comparative assessment of the global fate and transport pathways of long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) and perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs) emitted from direct sources. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (15), 5830-5836 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es900753y). Top Paper. Hertwich, E. G.; Peters, G. P. Carbon foot-

print of nations: A global, trade-linked analysis. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (16), 6414-6420 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/es803496a). First Runner-up. Newcomer, A.; Apt, J. Near-term implications of a ban on new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (11), 3995-4001 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/ es801729r). Second Runner-up. Su, J. G.; Morello-Frosch, R.; Jesdale, B. M.; Kyle, A. D.; Shamasunder, B.; Jerrett, M. An index for assessing demographic inequalities in cumulative environmental hazards with application to Los Angeles, California. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43 (20), 7626-7634 (Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI 10.1021/ es901041p). Jerald L. Schnoor