Posted: December 11, 2009

Environmental and human health impacts of nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) This book addresses the generic chemical aspects of nanoparticle properties, behaviour, life-cycle analysis, ecotoxicity and modelling as these relate to their effects in the environment – aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric. This information is critical for the development of appropriate evidence-based policy and guidelines for risk assessment of nanotechnology.
The book compiles the latest information on environmental and health aspects of nanomaterials, discussing the latest advances in the field and integrating knowledge from many different scientific disciplines. The introductory chapter provides an overview of the area and general context, ensuring the text is accessible for scientists who are not experts on in this area.
Topics covered include:
  • Nanoparticles in aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric environments
  • Fate and behaviour of manufactured nanomaterials in the natural environment
  • Ecotoxicology of manufactured nanomaterials.
  • Occupational health and exposure of nanomaterials
  • The book concludes with a discussion on the worldwide regulatory and policy responses to nanomaterials.
    From the Back Cover
    Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field receiving extensive funding and development worldwide. A large number of novel processes occcur on the nanoscale, and the unique properties of nanoparticles offer potential benefits in a range of applications, from consumer products to medicine and environmental protection. However, there remains considerable uncertaintity with regard to the hazards and risks associated with nanoscience. An increased understanding of the environmental and human health impacts of engineered nanoparticles is essential for the responsible development of nanotechnology and appropriate evidence-based policy and guidelines for risk assessment.
    Presenting the latest advances in the field from a variety of scientific disciplines, this book offers a comprehensive overview of this challenging, inter-disciplinary research area.
    Understanding the behaviour and impacts of nanotechnology in the environment and in human health is a daunting task and many questions remain to be answered. Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Nanotechnology will serve as a valuable resource for academic researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology, environmental science, materials science and biology, as well as for scientists in industry, regulators and policy makers.
    Source: Wiley