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The influence of past research on the design of experiments with dissolved organic matter and engineered nanoparticles

Authors

SANI-KAST Nicole OLLIVIER Patrick SLOMBERG Danielle LABILLE Jerome HUNGERBUHLER Konrad SCHERINGER Martin

Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Plos one
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5937778/
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196549
Keywords ENVIRONMENTAL FATE; SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION; NANOMATERIALS; AGGREGATION; NETWORKS; PROTOCOL; COLLOIDS; MODELS
Description To assess the environmental fate of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), it is essential to understand their interactions with dissolved organic matter (DOM). The highly complex nature of the interactions between DOM and ENPs and other particulate matter (PM) requires investigating a wide range of material types under different conditions. However, despite repeated calls for an increased diversity of the DOM and PM studied, researchers increasingly focus on certain subsets of DOM and PM. Considering the discrepancy between the calls for more diversity and the research actually carried out, we hypothesize that materials that were studied more often are more visible in the scientific literature and therefore are more likely to be studied again. To investigate the plausibility of this hypothesis, we developed an agent-based model simulating the material choice in the experiments studying the interaction between DOM and PM between 1990 and 2015. The model reproduces the temporal trends in the choice of materials as well as the main properties of a network that displays the DOM and PM types investigated experimentally. The results, which support the hypothesis of a positive reinforcing material choice, help to explain why calls to increase the diversity of the materials studied are repeatedly made and why recent criticism states that the selection of materials is unbalanced.
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