Environmental impacts of nanomaterials

Ehsanul Kabir, Vanish Kumar, Ki Hyun Kim, Alex C.K. Yip, Jong Ryeul Sohn

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Abstract

Nanotechnology is currently one of the highest priority research fields in many countries due to its immense potentiality and economic impact. Nanotechnology involves the research, development, production, and processing of structures and materials on a nanometer scale in various fields of science, technology, health care, industries, and agriculture. As such, it has contributed to the gradual restructuring of many associated technologies. However, due to the uncertainties and irregularities in shape, size, and chemical compositions, the presence of certain nanomaterials may exert adverse impacts on the environment as well as human health. Concerns have thus been raised about the destiny, transport, and transformation of nanoparticles released into the environment. A critical evaluation of the current states of knowledge regarding the exposure and effects of nanomaterials on the environment and human health is discussed in this review. Recognition on the potential advantages and unintended dangers of nanomaterials to the environment and human health is critically important to pursue their development in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-271
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume225
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

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Keywords

  • Environmental impacts
  • Environmental risk management
  • Nanomaterials

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Environmental impacts of nanomaterials. / Kabir, Ehsanul; Kumar, Vanish; Kim, Ki Hyun; Yip, Alex C.K.; Sohn, Jong Ryeul.

In: Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 225, 01.11.2018, p. 261-271.

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Kabir, Ehsanul ; Kumar, Vanish ; Kim, Ki Hyun ; Yip, Alex C.K. ; Sohn, Jong Ryeul. / Environmental impacts of nanomaterials. In: Journal of Environmental Management. 2018 ; Vol. 225. pp. 261-271.
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