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Nanotechnology: nature's gift or scientists' brainchild?

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In the field of environmental nanotechnology, opinions on the novelty of engineered nanomaterials vary; some scientists believe that many engineered nanomaterials are indeed unique, while others are convinced that we are simply fabricating structures already designed in nature. In this article, we present balanced, objective evidence on both sides of the debate. While the idea of novel nanomaterials opens the mind to imagine truly unique structures with architectures unparalleled in nature, the idea that these structures have related analogs in nature has environmental relevance as scientists and engineers aim to design and manufacture more sustainable and environmentally benign nanomaterials.

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The article was received on 04 Sep 2014, accepted on 02 Dec 2014 and first published on 02 Dec 2014

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C4EN00145A
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2015,2, 114-119
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    Nanotechnology: nature's gift or scientists' brainchild?

    M. F. Hochella, M. G. Spencer and K. L. Jones, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2015, 2, 114
    DOI: 10.1039/C4EN00145A

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