Nanomaterials: Risks and Benefits / Edition 1

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There are many potential questions regarding the risks associated with the development and use of wide-ranging technologies enabled through engineered nanomaterials. For example, with over 600 consumer products available globally, what information exists that describes their risk to human health and the environment? What engineering or use controls can be deployed to minimize the potential environmental health and safety impacts of nanomaterials throughout the manufacturing and product lifecycles? How can the potential environmental and health benefits of nanotechnology be realized and maximized? The book chapters clearly illustrate that while existing chemical risk assessment and risk management frameworks may provide a starting point, the unique properties of nanomaterials adds a significant level of complexity to this process. The focus of many chapters is on identification of strategies and tools that could currently be implemented to reduce technical uncertainty and prioritize research to address the immediate needs of the regulatory and risk assessment communities. Papers in the book illustrate application of advanced risk assessment, comprehensive environmental assessment, risk characterization methods, decision analysis techniques, and other approaches to help focus research and inform policymakers benefiting the world at large.

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"This book deals with the main issues of nowadays debate about nanomaterials. It encompasses the papers presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on ‘Nanomaterials: environmental risks and benefits and emerging consumer products’ held in Faro, Portugal, April 2008. … In conclusion, we highly recommend the book to all scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders addressing the environmental and toxicological implications of nanomaterials." (Hanna Maes, Andreas Schaeffer, Henner Hollert and Hans Toni Ratte, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 16, 2009)

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Part 1. Human Health Risks.- Human Health Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials: Critical Knowledge Gaps in Nanomaterials Risk Assessment; A. Elder et al.- Disposition of Nanoparticles as a Function of their Interactions with Biomolecules; I. Lynch, A. Elder.- Assessment of Quantum Dot Penetration into Skin in Different Species under Different Mechanical Actions; N.A. Monteiro-Riviere, L.W. Zhang.- Nanotechnology – the Occupational Health and Safety Concerns; S. Chan-Remillard et al.- Biomarkers of Nanoparticles Impact on Biological Systems; V. Mikhailenko et al.- Nanocontamination of the Soldiers in a Battle Space; A.M. Gatti, S. Montanari.- Part 2. Environmental Risk.- SMARTEN: Strategic Management and Assessment of Risks and Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials; C. Metcalfe et al.- Solid-Phase Characteristics of Engineered Nanoparticles: A Multi-Dimensional Approach; M.A. Chappell.- Nanomaterial Transport, Transformation, and Fate in the Environment: A Risk-based Perspective on Research Needs; G.V. Lowry, E.A. Casman.- Visualization and Transport of Quantum Dot Nanomaterials in Porous Media; C.J. G. Darnault et al.- Developing an Ecological Risk Framework to Assess Environmental Safety of Nanoscale Products: Ecological Risk Framework; L. Kapustka et al.- Development of a Three-Level Risk Assessment Strategy for Nanomaterials; N.O’Brien, E. Cummins.- Classifying Nanomaterial Risks Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; I. Linkov et al.- Part 3. Technology and Benefits.- Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology: Applications, Consumer Products, and Benefits; G. Adlakha-Hutcheon et al.- Risk Reduction via Greener Synthesis of Noble Metal Nanostructures and Nanocomposites; M.N. Nadagouda, R.S. Varna.- Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater Using Nano-Carbon Colloids; R.R. Khaydarov et al.- A Novel Size-Selective Airborne Particle Sampling Instrument (WRAS) for Health Risk Evaluation; H. Gnewuch et al.- Nanotechnologies and Environmental Risks:Measurement Technologies and Strategies; T.A.J. Kuhlbusch et al.- Part 4. International Perspectives.- Processing of Polymer Nanofibers through Electrospinning as Drug Delivery Systems; E. Kenawy et al.- Air Pollution Monitoring and Use of Nanotechnology Based Solid State Gas Sensors in Greater Cairo Area, Egypt; A.B.A. Ramadan.- Advanced Material Nanotechnology in Israel; O. Figovsky et al.- Silver Nanoparticles: Environmental and Human Health Impacts; R.R. Khaydarov et al.- Developing Strategies in Brazil to Manage the Emerging Nanotechnology and its Associated Risks; A.S.A. Arcuri et al.- The Current State-of-the-Art in the Area of Nanotechnology Risk Assessment in Russia; M. Melkonyan, S. Kozyrev.- Environmental Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials; A.A. Bayramov.- Part 5. Policy and Regulatory Aspects.- Considerations for Implementation of Manufactured Nanomaterial Policy and Governance; F.K. Satterstrom et al.- The Safety of Nanotechnologies at the OECD; P. Kearns et al.- Nanomaterials in Consumer Products: Categorization and Exposure Assessment; S. Foss Hansen et al.- Strategic Approaches for the Management of Environmental Risk Uncertainties Posed by Nanomaterials; S. Shalhevet, N. Haruvy.- Nanomaterials: Applications, Risks, Ethics and Society; A. Vaseashta.- Group Decision-Making in Selecting Nanotechnology Supplier: AHP Application in Presence of Complete and Incomplete Information; B. Srdjevic et al.- Uncertainty in Life Cycle Assessment of Nanomaterials: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Framework for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes in Power Applications; T.P. Seager, I. Linkov.- Knowing Much While Knowing Nothing: Perception and Misperception about Nanomaterials; J.M. Palma-Oliveira et al.- List of Participants.- Author Index.-

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