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Type: Journal article
Title: Nanomaterials in the environment: behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects
Author: Klaine, S.
Alvarez, P.
Batley, G.
Fernandes, T.
Handy, R.
Lyon, D.
Mahendra, S.
McLaughlin, M.
Lead, J.
Citation: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2008; 27(9):1825-1851
Publisher: Setac
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0730-7268
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Stephen J. Klaine, Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Graeme E. Batley, Teresa F. Fernandes, Richard D. Handy, Delina Y. Lyon, Shaily Mahendra, Michael J. McLaughlin, and Jamie R. Lead
Abstract: The recent advances in nanotechnology and the corresponding increase in the use of nanomaterials in products in every sector of society have resulted in uncertainties regarding environmental impacts. The objectives of this review are to introduce the key aspects pertaining to nanomaterials in the environment and to discuss what is known concerning their fate, behavior, disposition, and toxicity, with a particular focus on those that make up manufactured nanomaterials. This review critiques existing nanomaterial research in freshwater, marine, and soil environments. It illustrates the paucity of existing research and demonstrates the need for additional research. Environmental scientists are encouraged to base this research on existing studies on colloidal behavior and toxicology. The need for standard reference and testing materials as well as methodology for suspension preparation and testing is also discussed.
Keywords: Nanoparticles
Plant uptake
Ecological risk
Description: Article first published online: 9 DEC 2009
Rights: Copyright © 2008 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
DOI: 10.1897/08-090.1
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