Nanomaterials: Ecotoxicity, Safety, and Public Perception

Editors: Rai, Mahendra, Biswas, Jayanta Kuman (Eds.)

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  • Demonstrates how this molecular terrain is a common ground for interdisciplinary research and education that will be an essential component of science, engineering and technology
  • Makes the case for the need for an increased level of understanding the perception of risk and of benefits that vary and are likely to influence public, regulatory, and non-governmental activities regarding risk and benefit evaluations
  • Addresses key issues of ecotoxicological actions and effects of nanomaterials on life and environment, their threats, vulnerability, risks, and public perception
  • Discusses nanomaterials in food, clay, soils, medicines, and unintentionally produced nanomaterials.
  • Presents worldwide safety issues
  • Includes authors from India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Pakistan
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The environment is prone to suffer pollution and toxic insult from generations of nanomaterials as well from accidental releases during production, transportation, and disposal operations. The NMs could interact with and cause adverse biological effects at cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. Assessing potential environmental/ecological risks requires quality information on transport and fate of nanoparticles in the environment, exposures and vulnerabilities of organisms to the nanomaterials and standard methods for assessing toxicity for aquatic or terrestrial organisms and human health. The systematic risk characterization and evaluation of the safety of nanomaterials require a multidisciplinary approach and convergence of knowledge and efforts from researchers and experts from toxicology, biotechnology, materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and other branches of life sciences. Although studies are beginning to appear in the literature addressing the toxicity of various nanomaterials and their potential for exposure, at this stage definitive statements regarding the impacts of nanomaterials on human health and the environment remain sketchy requiring an increased level of precautions with regard to nanomaterials, as has happened with other emerging contaminants and technologies (e.g., biotechnology). The need for an increased level of understanding the perception of risk and of benefits will vary and is likely to influence public, regulatory, and non-governmental activities regarding risk and benefit evaluations. Systematic identification and assessment of the risks posed by any new technology are essential. A prudent, integrated, and holistic approach is required to develop best practices based on the scientific understanding about what we know and what we don’t know but need to know.  Nanomaterials addresses key issues of ecotoxicological actions and effects of nanomaterials on life and environment, their threats, vulnerability, risks, and public perception. The readers learn to read bad news objectively and think about and search for ecological ‘green’ solutions to current environmental and ecological problems with blue, grey, brown, and red shades for building a sustainable ecosystem. It shows how this molecular terrain is a common ground for interdisciplinary research and education that will be an essential component of science, engineering and technology in the future. The book is divided into three sections. Section I includes general topics related to ecotoxicity of nanomaterials to microbes, plants, human and  environment. Section 2 incorporates risks generated by the use of nanomaterials. Section 3 discusss safety issues and the public.

 

 

About the authors

Mahendra Rai is a Professor and Head at the Department of Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University at Amravati, Maharashtra, India. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Bioenergetics, University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2004 and at the Department of Plant Protection of Debrecen University, Debrecen, Hungary in 2005 and 2008. He visited Department of Chemical Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil under Indo-Brazil Research Programme (DST-CNPq collaboration) in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was visiting Professor in Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland. In 2013 he was invited by State University of Campinas, Brazil. He was also visiting professor in 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. His area of expertise includes microbial biotechnology and nanobiotechnology. His present research interests are nanobiotechnology in medicine, agriculture and bioethanol production. He has published more than 325 research papers in national and international journals. In addition, he has edited/authored more than 40 books and 6 patents.: Dr. Jayanta Kumar Biswas
 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Nanomaterials: What Are They, Why They Cause Ecotoxicity, and How This Can Be Dealt With?

    Pages 3-18

    Rai, Mahendra (et al.)

  • Nano-bio Interactions and Ecotoxicity in Aquatic Environment: Plenty of Room at the Bottom but Tyranny at the Top!

    Pages 19-36

    Biswas, Jayanta Kumar (et al.)

  • Chemical Structure and Toxicity of Nanomaterials Used in Food and Food Products

    Pages 37-55

    Otles, Semih (et al.)

  • Toxicity and Safety Evaluation of Nanoclays

    Pages 57-76

    Brandelli, Adriano

  • Ecotoxicity of Metal Nanoparticles on Microorganisms

    Pages 77-93

    Golinska, Patrycja (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nanomaterials: Ecotoxicity, Safety, and Public Perception
Editors
  • Mahendra Rai
  • Jayanta Kuman Biswas
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05144-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05144-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05143-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 370
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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