The Safety of Nanomaterials on Molecular and Cellular Scale

Authored by: Annette Kraegeloh , Klaus Unfried

Nanomaterials Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498703062
eBook ISBN: 9781315371795
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The multitude of successful developments already employing manufactured nanomaterials demonstrates the relevance of nanotechnologies for modern applications. Examples are coating materials, fillers, inks, polishing agents, capacitors as well as cosmetics, food products, and nanopharmaceuticals [1]. Future applications can be expected to extend into even more advanced applications, for example, energy generation and energy storage, printed electronics, theranostics, or personalized medicine. Due to earlier experiences with newly developed technologies, our modern society puts particular emphasis on the safety of novel materials. Due to this demand, a new discipline of toxicological research evolved: “Nanotoxicology” [2]. This discipline is concerned with the safety as well as potential hazard and risk of nanomaterials and roughly has to merge material science with toxicology.

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