Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Nanotechnology

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Jamie R. Lead, Emma Smith
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 30, 2009 - Science - 456 pages
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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.

Topics covered include:

  • The properties, preparation and applications of nanomaterials
  • Characterization and analysis of manufactured nanoparticles
  • The fate and behaviour of nanomaterials in aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric environments
  • Ecotoxicology and human toxicology of manufactured nanoparticles
  • Occupational health and exposure of nanomaterials
  • Risk assessment and global regulatory and policy responses

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.


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1 Overview of Nanoscience in the Environment
2 Nanomaterials Properties Preparation and Applications
3 SizeShapeProperty Relationships of NonCarbonaceous Inorganic Nanoparticles and their Environmental Implications
4 Natural Colloids and Nanoparticles in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments
5 Atmospheric Nanoparticles
6 Analysis and Characterization of Manufactured Nanoparticles in Aquatic Environments
7 Ecotoxicology of Manufactured Nanoparticles
8 Exposure to Nanoparticles
9 Human Toxicology and Effects of Nanoparticles
10 Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials
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About the author (2009)

Dr Jamie Lead is Reader in Aquatic Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. He is co-editor of the book Environmental Colloids and Particles (06) Wiley.

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