Carbon Nanotubes: Angels or Demons?

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The field of C-nanoparticles toxicity is, at present, fragmented and contradictory, oscillating between enthusiastic raptures and bitter disappointments. This important book presents an overall, unitary view of the carbon nanoparticle world, in which both the positive and negative aspects of these recently discovered nanomaterials are critically described and elucidated.

The book provides an exhaustive account of C-nanotubes toxicity, mechanisms of toxicity and biocompatibility towards human and animal organisms as well as the entire biological environment. The detailed description of the physicochemical properties of these nano-objects will help facilitate discussion on their future applications in the biomedical field.

This book is unique in its understanding, interpretation and analysis of the mechanisms related to the physicochemical behavior of C-nanotubes, as its aims is to let readers be in contact with C-nanoparticles in order for them to benefit from the many advantages these nanostructures can offer in the aforesaid field. Contributors include experts in the study of materials biocompatibility and toxicity, mainly because the book concerns carbon-nanoparticles toxicity.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is a must for every materials scientist and all those who appreciate rational answers to questions they might not dare to ask."
—Prof. Marie-Louise Saboungi, Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, France

"Carbon Nanotubes: Angels or Demons represents a soft touch of the most updated topics concerning nanotechnology ... Every aspect is presented in an almost holistic and very promising effort."
—Prof. Giorgia Pastorin, National University of Singapore, Singapore

"Finally, a book that gathered the latest and most contrasted information on toxicity of carbon nanotubes."
—Prof. Isabel Obieta, Inasmet-Tecnalia, Spain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789814241014
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvana Fiorito is a professor of internal medicine and immunology at the University "La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy; an associate researcher at CNR, Rome; and an invited professor at the University of Montpellier II in France. She is involved since 2002 in the study of CNTs toxicity and biocompatibility and is responsible for several research projects in this field.

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Table of Contents

1. How the Whole Thing Began or the Logic Path Towards a
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Bibliography
2. In-vitro and in-vivo Biological Behaviour of Micro and Nanoparticles
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Nanoparticles and medical devices
2.2.1 Dentistry
2.2.2 Orthopaedics
2.2.3 Nanostructured surfaces
2.2.4 Drug delivery
2.2.5 Nanomedicine
2.3 The results of the nanopathology project
2.3.1 In-vivo experiments
2.4 Bibliography
3. Clinical Cases: Lung, Blood, Liver, Kidney, Digestive System,
Vessels, Sperm
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Lung
3.3 Blood
3.4 Liver
3.5 Kidney and adrenal gland
3.6 Digestive system
3.7 Vessels
3.8 Sperm
3.9 A few considerations on reproduction
3.10 Bibliography
4. Six "Detective Stories"
4.1 The 1st case
4.2 The 2nd case
4.3 The 3rd case
4.4 The 4th case
xiv Nanopathology
4.5 The 5th case
4.6 The 6th case
5. War and Nanoparticles
5.1 Civilians living around a firing ground
5.2 A few reflections
5.3 Bibliography
6. Nanoparticles in the Environment and Working Places
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Chimneysweeps: a historical case
6.3 Welding metals
6.4 Toner
6.5 The particulate active filter or FAP
6.6 The environment around a foundry
6.7 The environment around a power plant
6.8 The case of a ship
6.9 Incinerators
6.10 Tobacco smoke
6.11 Bibliography
7. Nanoparticles in Food, Cosmetics and Other Products
7.1 Bibliography
8. New York 9/11
8.1 Bibliography
9. The Future and Prevention Criteria
9.1 The state of the art
9.2 What is next?
9.3 The future
9.4 A few reflections
9.5 Bibliography

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