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Computational strategies for predicting the potential risks associated with nanotechnology

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Abstract

For the move from nanoscience to nanotechnology to be sustainable, it is important that the issues surrounding possible ‘nano-hazards’ be addressed before commercialization. The global push for more environmentally friendly, biodegradable products, means the introduction of the nanoparticles contained within these products into the ecosystem is an inevitability. When this happens, it is desirable to know how the hazardous properties may be affected, and what the potential hazards are. In this article, a number of strategies will be discussed, combining the desirable aspects of theory, simulation, experiment and observation, and leading to predictions for incorporation into preventative frameworks. Particular attention will be given to the role of theory and computation, and how it intersects with the participants from complementary fields.

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The article was received on 19 Apr 2009, accepted on 29 Jun 2009 and first published on 13 Aug 2009


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/B9NR00154A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2009,1, 89-95
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    Computational strategies for predicting the potential risks associated with nanotechnology

    A. S. Barnard, Nanoscale, 2009, 1, 89
    DOI: 10.1039/B9NR00154A

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