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Themed collection Environmental Science: Nano Recent Review Articles

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Perspective

Digging below the surface: the hidden quality of the OECD nanosilver dossier

The evaluation of the OECD nanosilver dossier revealed that the quality of its underlying original studies is at least the same as the one of non-OECD studies published in high ranking journals and may therefore be used in future evaluations of nanotoxicological data

Graphical abstract: Digging below the surface: the hidden quality of the OECD nanosilver dossier
Perspective

Increasing evidence indicates low bioaccumulation of carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes generally appear to form a class that should be designated as a low concern for bioaccumulation.

Graphical abstract: Increasing evidence indicates low bioaccumulation of carbon nanotubes
Perspective

The role of alternative testing strategies in environmental risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials

Within toxicology there is a pressure to find new test systems to replace, reduce and refine animal testing. In nanoecotoxicology this raises a number of questions.

Graphical abstract: The role of alternative testing strategies in environmental risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials
Perspective

A critical analysis of the environmental dossiers from the OECD sponsorship programme for the testing of manufactured nanomaterials

In 2015, the OECD finally published the findings of its seven year testing programme for manufactured nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: A critical analysis of the environmental dossiers from the OECD sponsorship programme for the testing of manufactured nanomaterials
Perspective

Overcoming implementation barriers for nanotechnology in drinking water treatment

Nanotechnology enabled water treatment is a promising approach to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of purifying water in many areas of the world.

Graphical abstract: Overcoming implementation barriers for nanotechnology in drinking water treatment
Perspective

Exploring the need for creating a standardized approach to managing nanowaste based on similar experiences from other wastes

The manuscript frames nanowaste alongside similar issues such as e-waste and CFRP scrap.

Graphical abstract: Exploring the need for creating a standardized approach to managing nanowaste based on similar experiences from other wastes
Perspective

NanoEHS – defining fundamental science needs: no easy feat when the simple itself is complex

Bridging knowledge gaps in NanoEHS by identifying current fundamental science challenges and research needs.

Graphical abstract: NanoEHS – defining fundamental science needs: no easy feat when the simple itself is complex
Perspective

Progress towards the validation of modeled environmental concentrations of engineered nanomaterials by analytical measurements

Validation of modeled environmental concentrations of nanomaterials is currently not possible.

Graphical abstract: Progress towards the validation of modeled environmental concentrations of engineered nanomaterials by analytical measurements
Open Access Perspective

Nanotechnology: nature's gift or scientists' brainchild?

The answer to the compelling question of whether nanomaterials are new or not is debated by leading scientists.

Graphical abstract: Nanotechnology: nature's gift or scientists' brainchild?
Perspective

Much ado about α: reframing the debate over appropriate fate descriptors in nanoparticle environmental risk modeling

Mass balance is currently as useful as number balance in nanoparticle risk assessment, even though it ignores particle properties.

Graphical abstract: Much ado about α: reframing the debate over appropriate fate descriptors in nanoparticle environmental risk modeling
Perspective

Research strategy to determine when novel nanohybrids pose unique environmental risks

This perspective proposes principles to identify nanohybrids with novel properties relevant to nano EHS research, and discusses specific challenges for EHS research on these materials.

Graphical abstract: Research strategy to determine when novel nanohybrids pose unique environmental risks
Perspective

Fate descriptors for engineered nanoparticles: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Analyzing three existing fate descriptors for engineered nanoparticles highlights the need for a new mindset to calculate available concentrations.

Graphical abstract: Fate descriptors for engineered nanoparticles: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Frontier

Water purification: oil–water separation by nanotechnology and environmental concerns

Organic pollutants from synthetic organic compounds (SOCs) and oil spills have led to significant water contamination. This article review the progress of oil–water separation using nanotechnology and the concern of water contamination by nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Water purification: oil–water separation by nanotechnology and environmental concerns
Tutorial Review

Analytical methods to assess the oxidative potential of nanoparticles: a review

This review provides an overview of different methods to determine the oxidative potential of nanoparticles, their pros and cons and their potential applicability towards improved hazard assessment of nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Analytical methods to assess the oxidative potential of nanoparticles: a review
Tutorial Review

Light-driven micro- and nanomotors for environmental remediation

Synthetic micro- and nanomotors (MNMs) have emerged as a vibrant research field in multidisciplinary nanotechnology with proof-of-concept applications in various disciplines.

Graphical abstract: Light-driven micro- and nanomotors for environmental remediation
Tutorial Review

Photocatalytic nanomaterials for solar-driven bacterial inactivation: recent progress and challenges

Nanostructured photocatalysts have attracted ever-growing research attention in the application of solar energy for water disinfection.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic nanomaterials for solar-driven bacterial inactivation: recent progress and challenges
Tutorial Review

Nanotechnology for sustainable food production: promising opportunities and scientific challenges

Unique properties of nanomaterials can be leveraged to increase the sustainability of food production and distribution.

Graphical abstract: Nanotechnology for sustainable food production: promising opportunities and scientific challenges
Tutorial Review

SERENADE: safer and ecodesign research and education applied to nanomaterial development, the new generation of materials safer by design

The SERENADE project aims to develop and apply the “safer by design” process to create safer nanoproducts.

Graphical abstract: SERENADE: safer and ecodesign research and education applied to nanomaterial development, the new generation of materials safer by design
Tutorial Review

Sewage sludge-based functional nanomaterials: development and applications

The development and applications of sewage sludge-based functional nanomaterials are reviewed, and future opportunities and challenges are addressed.

Graphical abstract: Sewage sludge-based functional nanomaterials: development and applications
Tutorial Review

Guidance to improve the scientific value of zeta-potential measurements in nanoEHS

Nanoparticle zeta potentials are easy to measure and proposed as a required property for complete nanoparticle characterization, but relevant metadata must be reported with zeta potential to be scientifically useful.

Graphical abstract: Guidance to improve the scientific value of zeta-potential measurements in nanoEHS
Open Access Tutorial Review

Trophic transfer of metal-based nanoparticles in aquatic environments: a review and recommendations for future research focus

We review trophic transfer of metal-based nanoparticles in aquatic ecosystems, present key factors affecting this transfer and highlight knowledge gaps.

Graphical abstract: Trophic transfer of metal-based nanoparticles in aquatic environments: a review and recommendations for future research focus
Tutorial Review

Recent advances in halloysite nanotube derived composites for water treatment

Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) are naturally occurring clay mineral with nanotubular structures and have found increasing potential applications in industrial fields.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in halloysite nanotube derived composites for water treatment
Tutorial Review

Biological and environmental media control oxide nanoparticle surface composition: the roles of biological components (proteins and amino acids), inorganic oxyanions and humic acid

Evolution of nanoparticle surface composition in increasingly complex biological and environmental matrices.

Graphical abstract: Biological and environmental media control oxide nanoparticle surface composition: the roles of biological components (proteins and amino acids), inorganic oxyanions and humic acid
Tutorial Review

Physical, chemical, and in vitro toxicological characterization of nanoparticles in chemical mechanical planarization suspensions used in the semiconductor industry: towards environmental health and safety assessments

This tutorial review focuses on aqueous slurries of dispersed engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) used in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) for polishing wafers during manufacturing of semiconductors.

Graphical abstract: Physical, chemical, and in vitro toxicological characterization of nanoparticles in chemical mechanical planarization suspensions used in the semiconductor industry: towards environmental health and safety assessments
Open Access Tutorial Review

Plasmonic colorimetric and SERS sensors for environmental analysis

Plasmon based spectroscopic methods provide a novel means to detect and quantify environmentally relevant pollutants.

Graphical abstract: Plasmonic colorimetric and SERS sensors for environmental analysis
Critical Review

Environmental impact and potential health risks of 2D nanomaterials

The prospective intensive utilization of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, and black phosphorus, increased the requirements for thorough comprehension of their potential impact on the environment and health.

Graphical abstract: Environmental impact and potential health risks of 2D nanomaterials
Critical Review

NanoEHS beyond toxicity – focusing on biocorona

We believe continued development of the field of environmental health and safety of nanomaterials (nanoEHS) hinges on a critical extension from reporting macroscopic and microscopic phenomena to understanding nano-biomolecular interactions.

Graphical abstract: NanoEHS beyond toxicity – focusing on biocorona
Critical Review

Graphitic carbon nitride-based nanocomposites as visible-light driven photocatalysts for environmental purification

This review presents an overview about graphitic carbon nitride-based nanocomposites as visible-light driven photocatalysts for environmentally relevant applications.

Graphical abstract: Graphitic carbon nitride-based nanocomposites as visible-light driven photocatalysts for environmental purification
Critical Review

The emerging roles of carbon dots in solar photovoltaics: a critical review

Nanoscale carbon dots are promising candidates as inexpensive and sustainable alternatives to conventional materials for fabricating competitive solar photovoltaic devices.

Graphical abstract: The emerging roles of carbon dots in solar photovoltaics: a critical review
Critical Review

WO3-based photocatalysts: morphology control, activity enhancement and multifunctional applications

This review focuses on the morphology control, enhancement strategies of photocatalytic activity and applications of WO3-based photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: WO3-based photocatalysts: morphology control, activity enhancement and multifunctional applications
Critical Review

Iron oxide shell mediated environmental remediation properties of nano zero-valent iron

Nano zero-valent iron (nZVI) has attracted much more attention for its potential applications in the fields of environmental contaminant remediation and detoxification.

Graphical abstract: Iron oxide shell mediated environmental remediation properties of nano zero-valent iron
Critical Review

Emerging nanomaterials for the application of selenium removal for wastewater treatment

Selenium contaminated wastewater derived from global industrial activity can bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms, presenting a source of toxicity. Several classes of nanomaterials, such as nanoscale adsorbents, catalysts and reactants, have promising potential for removing selenium in to ultra-low ppb levels.

Graphical abstract: Emerging nanomaterials for the application of selenium removal for wastewater treatment
Open Access Critical Review

Impacts of metal-based engineered nanomaterials on soil communities

A comprehensive review of the effects of metal-based nanoparticles on trophic groups, interactions, ecosystem functions and biodiversity of soil communities.

Graphical abstract: Impacts of metal-based engineered nanomaterials on soil communities
Critical Review

Organic matter and iron oxide nanoparticles: aggregation, interactions, and reactivity

Understanding the fate and transport of engineered and naturally-occurring nanoparticles is vital to predicting their ecological and toxicological impacts.

Graphical abstract: Organic matter and iron oxide nanoparticles: aggregation, interactions, and reactivity
Critical Review

Environmental processes and toxicity of metallic nanoparticles in aquatic systems as affected by natural organic matter

The key roles of NOM affecting environmental processes and toxicity of MNPs in aquatic environments are discussed and presented.

Graphical abstract: Environmental processes and toxicity of metallic nanoparticles in aquatic systems as affected by natural organic matter
Critical Review

Modeling nanomaterial fate and uptake in the environment: current knowledge and future trends

A schematic summary of the most important transformation processes a NM may undergo during environmental transport, and the parameters of highest importance for inclusion in models of NM environmental fate and uptake.

Graphical abstract: Modeling nanomaterial fate and uptake in the environment: current knowledge and future trends
Critical Review

A systematic review of evidence for silver nanoparticle-induced mitochondrial toxicity

Here we review mitochondrial effects of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) exposure, which may mediate overall cytotoxicity observed following AgNP exposure.

Graphical abstract: A systematic review of evidence for silver nanoparticle-induced mitochondrial toxicity
Critical Review

Critical assessment of toxicological effects of ingested nanoparticles

Review of the properties of food-relevant nanoparticles including gastrointestinal tract exposure, transport, and immunogenicity.

Graphical abstract: Critical assessment of toxicological effects of ingested nanoparticles
Critical Review

Critical review: impacts of macromolecular coatings on critical physicochemical processes controlling environmental fate of nanomaterials

Challenges in predicting effects of macromolecules on nanoparticle behavior.

Graphical abstract: Critical review: impacts of macromolecular coatings on critical physicochemical processes controlling environmental fate of nanomaterials
Critical Review

Toxicity of engineered metal oxide nanomaterials mediated by nano–bio–eco–interactions: a review and perspective

This is a comprehensive review on the toxicity of metal oxide nanomaterials regarding their environmental interactions at the nano–bio–eco interface.

Graphical abstract: Toxicity of engineered metal oxide nanomaterials mediated by nano–bio–eco–interactions: a review and perspective
Open Access Critical Review

Towards understanding the antibacterial activity of Ag nanoparticles: electron microscopy in the analysis of the materials-biology interface in the lung

Bacterial infections of the pulmonary system are increasing.

Graphical abstract: Towards understanding the antibacterial activity of Ag nanoparticles: electron microscopy in the analysis of the materials-biology interface in the lung
Critical Review

Catalytic properties and biomedical applications of cerium oxide nanoparticles

Nanoceria – CeO2−x redox active nanoparticles targeting ROS and RNS.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic properties and biomedical applications of cerium oxide nanoparticles
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