Nanotechnology: Consequences for Human Health and the Environment - Issues in Environmental Science and Technology (Paperback)
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Nanotechnology: Consequences for Human Health and the Environment - Issues in Environmental Science and Technology (Paperback)

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Paperback 150 Pages / Published: 16/06/2009
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Nanotechnology is a much talked about, and rapidly expanding area of science, which is sometimes little understood. It looks set to make a significant impact on human life and, with numerous commercial developments emerging, will become a major industry over the coming years. Nanotechnology can be broadly described as developing or exploiting products at nanometre dimensions (i.e. as having one dimension less than 100 nanometres). Such materials have a larger surface area to volume ratio than conventional materials which provides them with an increased level of reactivity, and consequently, toxicity per unit mass. This book sets the subject into context by first of all describing the current range of products containing nano-materials and then looking at the consequences for the environment and human health relating to the introduction of nanoparticles and nano-tubes. Nanotechnology: Consequences for Human Health and the Environment discusses some of the more controversial issues associated with the field including: nanoparticles in the environment, occupational exposure, toxicological properties, human health issues and safety. This authoritative and comprehensive book will be of interest to both scientists and technologists but also to regulators and government. This title is also available in hardback.

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 9781847559562
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 8 mm


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Are nano - particles safe?

Nanotechnology: Consequences for human health and the environment
R.E. Hester, R.M. Harrison (Eds.)
RSC Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2007, 34pp, (HB) ISBN 9780854042166


Reviewed by Dennis Rouvray

Nanotechnology is still a futuristic rather than a contemporary industry and may at present be said to be at an evolutionary stage rather than a revolutionary one. However, it is unlikely to be long before all of this changes dramatically. In fact the rapid advances expected to be made in this technology over the next decade has led one leading US economic forecaster to conclude that the worldwide manufacture and sale of nanotechnological products will total around $2.6 trillion by the year 2014.

With such a seductive prospect just around the corner, it seems opportune to ask whether there may be a downside to this anticipated development. One major problem belatedly receiving urgent attention is that nanoparticles pose a serious health risku

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