Themed collection Environmental Science: Nano Recent Review Articles

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Open Access Perspective

In vitro-based human toxicity effect factors: challenges and opportunities for nanomaterial impact assessment

Drawing the picture of the opportunities and challenges of using in vitro data to calculate effect factors in LCA.

Graphical abstract: In vitro-based human toxicity effect factors: challenges and opportunities for nanomaterial impact assessment
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Perspective

Emerging investigator series: perspectives on toxicokinetics of nanoscale plastic debris in organisms

Fragmentation of plastic waste in the environment can lead to the formation of nanoscale plastic debris (NPD) of size < 1 μm.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: perspectives on toxicokinetics of nanoscale plastic debris in organisms
Perspective

Carbon nanomaterials and their impact on membrane separation applications

Design, use, and recyclability of carbon nanomaterials in membranes provide new opportunities for advancing separation applications.

Graphical abstract: Carbon nanomaterials and their impact on membrane separation applications
Perspective

What is “Environmentally Relevant”? A framework to advance research on the environmental fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials

FRAME: Framework for Relevance And Methods Evaluation.

Graphical abstract: What is “Environmentally Relevant”? A framework to advance research on the environmental fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials
Perspective

Perspectives on palladium-based nanomaterials: green synthesis, ecotoxicity, and risk assessment

By comprehensively analyzing and discussing the application progress, environmental behavior and ecotoxicology of palladium-based nanomaterials (Pd-NMs), guidelines are provided for the sustainable development of Pd-NMs.

Graphical abstract: Perspectives on palladium-based nanomaterials: green synthesis, ecotoxicity, and risk assessment
Perspective

Antiviral-nanoparticle interactions and reactions

Fundamental design parameters for future development of novel antiviral nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Antiviral-nanoparticle interactions and reactions
Perspective

Platform selection of engineered nanomaterials for water decontamination applications

Strategic pairing of engineered nanomaterials to platforms will advance safe and effective deployment of nano-enabled water decontamination.

Graphical abstract: Platform selection of engineered nanomaterials for water decontamination applications
Open Access Perspective

Probing the immune responses to nanoparticles across environmental species. A perspective of the EU Horizon 2020 project PANDORA

Here we discuss the potential of engineered nanoparticles to act as agents affecting the immune status in different environmentally relevant species, with a focus on the emerging experimental models launched by the EU Horizon 2020 project PANDORA.

Graphical abstract: Probing the immune responses to nanoparticles across environmental species. A perspective of the EU Horizon 2020 project PANDORA
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Perspective

Opportunities and challenges of phyto-nanotechnology

Phyto-nanotechnology has received dramatically increasing attention in recent years. In this perspective, we have summarized some promising applications of phyto-nanotechnology as well as major obstacles with our insights into in this dynamic area.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities and challenges of phyto-nanotechnology
Perspective

Opportunities for nanotechnology to enhance electrochemical treatment of pollutants in potable water and industrial wastewater – a perspective

An international workshop identified how pore structures and unique properties that emerge at nano- to sub-nano- size domains can improve the energy efficiency and selectivity of electroseparation or electrocatalytic processes for treating water.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities for nanotechnology to enhance electrochemical treatment of pollutants in potable water and industrial wastewater – a perspective
Perspective

Emerging investigator series: nanotechnology to develop novel agrochemicals: critical issues to consider in the global agricultural context

A better recognition of the agronomic context and geographical differences, including economic, political and social constrains, are needed to support the development of viable and sustainable nano-innovations in agriculture.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: nanotechnology to develop novel agrochemicals: critical issues to consider in the global agricultural context
Open Access Frontier

Environmental and health risks of nanorobots: an early review

Nanorobots for biomedical applications have experienced extensive research and rapid development during the last decade, up to a point where they can now deliver cargos to designated sites in organisms under laboratory conditions.

Graphical abstract: Environmental and health risks of nanorobots: an early review
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Frontier

Strategies for determining heteroaggregation attachment efficiencies of engineered nanoparticles in aquatic environments

Heteroaggregation of engineered nanoparticles with suspended particulate matter in theory and practice: a roadmap for understanding and determining attachment efficiencies.

Graphical abstract: Strategies for determining heteroaggregation attachment efficiencies of engineered nanoparticles in aquatic environments
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Tutorial Review

Manipulation of the halloysite clay nanotube lumen for environmental remediation: a review

The halloysite clay nanotube lumen has shown great application potential in the field of environmental remediation. This relies on delicate manipulation of the clay nanotube lumen and benefits from the unique functionality of the nanotube lumen.

Graphical abstract: Manipulation of the halloysite clay nanotube lumen for environmental remediation: a review
Tutorial Review

Adsorption and desorption mechanism of aromatic VOCs onto porous carbon adsorbents for emission control and resource recovery: recent progress and challenges

This review highlights the characteristics of adsorption and desorption of aromatic VOCs on various PCAs as well as the integrated technologies for emission control and resource recovery of industrial VOC exhaust.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption and desorption mechanism of aromatic VOCs onto porous carbon adsorbents for emission control and resource recovery: recent progress and challenges
Tutorial Review

Strategies for enhancing the perylene diimide photocatalytic degradation activity: method, effect factor, and mechanism

Strategies to improve the photocatalytic activity of PDI are summarized. The system factor and water chemistry affecting the photocatalytic activity for organic pollutant removal are discussed. The stability and future challenges are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Strategies for enhancing the perylene diimide photocatalytic degradation activity: method, effect factor, and mechanism
Tutorial Review

Metal nanoparticles in the air: state of the art and future perspectives

Nanoparticles containing metals in their structure constitute an increasingly large group of substances present in the air.

Graphical abstract: Metal nanoparticles in the air: state of the art and future perspectives
Critical Review

New insights into the safety assessment of quantum dots: potential release pathways, environmental transformations, and health risks

Potential release pathways, environmental transformations and health risks of QDs.

Graphical abstract: New insights into the safety assessment of quantum dots: potential release pathways, environmental transformations, and health risks
Critical Review

Construction of adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives for wastewater treatment: a review

A comprehensive and critical overview of graphene-based adsorbents in capturing various water contaminants within the recent five years is presented to drive the rational development of high-performance adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Construction of adsorbents with graphene and its derivatives for wastewater treatment: a review
Critical Review

Synchrotron radiation-based analysis of interactions at the nano–bio interface

This review highlights the importance and advantages of synchrotron radiation (SR)-based techniques for revealing the interactions at the nano–bio interface.

Graphical abstract: Synchrotron radiation-based analysis of interactions at the nano–bio interface
Critical Review

Carbon dots derived from natural sources and their biological and environmental impacts

Carbon dots derived from natural sources have drawn tremendous interest due to their superior characteristics. However, it is essential to evaluate both their biological and environmental impacts on contributions and the emerging concerns.

Graphical abstract: Carbon dots derived from natural sources and their biological and environmental impacts
Critical Review

Recent progress in environmental remediation, colloidal behavior and biological effects of MXene: a review

Recent progress in environmental remediation, colloidal behavior and biological effects of MXene was summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in environmental remediation, colloidal behavior and biological effects of MXene: a review
Critical Review

Nanocomposite-based high-performance adsorptive water filters: recent advances, limitations, nanotoxicity and environmental implications

Herein, high-performance functional nanomaterials which are demonstrated as efficient adsorbents, membrane materials, and membrane-based water treatment devices are reviewed envisaging simple and scalable water purification technologies.

Graphical abstract: Nanocomposite-based high-performance adsorptive water filters: recent advances, limitations, nanotoxicity and environmental implications
Critical Review

Chemical degradation kinetics for two-dimensional materials in natural and biological environments – a data-driven review

Many 2D materials undergo chemical degradation in the environment or living systems. This review converts raw literature data into standard kinetic parameters for meta-analysis, and discusses implications for 2D technologies and risk assessment.

Graphical abstract: Chemical degradation kinetics for two-dimensional materials in natural and biological environments – a data-driven review
Open Access Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: metal nanoparticles in freshwater: transformation, bioavailability and effects on invertebrates

MNPs may undergo different environmental transformations in aquatic systems, consequently changing their mobility, bioavailability and toxicity to freshwater invertebrates.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: metal nanoparticles in freshwater: transformation, bioavailability and effects on invertebrates
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Critical Review

Advances and challenges of broadband solar absorbers for efficient solar steam generation

This review provides guidance for solar absorber design, selection, and optimization, and evaporation system engineering for efficient solar-driven evaporation.

Graphical abstract: Advances and challenges of broadband solar absorbers for efficient solar steam generation
Critical Review

The potential of nanomaterials for sustainable modern agriculture: present findings and future perspectives

Nanotechnology has received attention in the recent decade due to a plethora of advantages over conventional agriculture techniques, in terms of improved effectiveness, decreased input needs, and lesser environmental toxicity.

Graphical abstract: The potential of nanomaterials for sustainable modern agriculture: present findings and future perspectives
Critical Review

Recent advances in the applications of nanozymes for the efficient detection/removal of organic pollutants: a review

Recent advances in the applications of nanozymes for the efficient detection/removal of organic pollutants.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the applications of nanozymes for the efficient detection/removal of organic pollutants: a review
Critical Review

Toxicological impact of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and food-grade titanium dioxide (E171) on human and environmental health

This review focuses on the correlation between the physico-chemical characteristics of TiO2 nanoparticles, their passage through biological barriers, and the impact of this nanomaterial on human and environmental health.

Graphical abstract: Toxicological impact of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and food-grade titanium dioxide (E171) on human and environmental health
Critical Review

Boosting CO2 electroreduction towards C2+ products via CO* intermediate manipulation on copper-based catalysts

An overview of the strategies for boosting C2+ selectivity by manipulating CO*(CO).

Graphical abstract: Boosting CO2 electroreduction towards C2+ products via CO* intermediate manipulation on copper-based catalysts
Critical Review

Assessing the environmental effects related to quantum dot structure, function, synthesis and exposure

Quantum dots (QDs) have unique properties, which make them valuable in some commercial technologies. This review discusses the major types and applications of QDs, their potential environmental exposures, fates, and adverse effects on organisms.

Graphical abstract: Assessing the environmental effects related to quantum dot structure, function, synthesis and exposure
Open Access Critical Review

Determination of metallic nanoparticles in biological samples by single particle ICP-MS: a systematic review from sample collection to analysis

A systematic review of the use of single particle ICP-MS to analyse engineered nanomaterials in biological samples has highlighted that efforts have focused on a select few compositions and there is a lack of information for some important tissues.

Graphical abstract: Determination of metallic nanoparticles in biological samples by single particle ICP-MS: a systematic review from sample collection to analysis
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

Effects of microenvironmental factors on assessing nanoparticle toxicity

Nanoparticles, such as dust or fine particles, are regarded as hazardous materials to human organs, and the interest in understanding their biological mechanisms and cellular response of nanoparticles is growing.

Graphical abstract: Effects of microenvironmental factors on assessing nanoparticle toxicity
Critical Review

A critical review on surface-modified nano-catalyst application for the photocatalytic degradation of volatile organic compounds

Surface modified nano-catalysts to improve the performance of photocatalytic degradation of VOC.

Graphical abstract: A critical review on surface-modified nano-catalyst application for the photocatalytic degradation of volatile organic compounds
Critical Review

Dimension dependency of tungsten oxide for efficient gas sensing

In this review, the impact of the structure dimensionality and surface morphologies of WO3 for efficient detection of gases such as H2, NH3, H2S, CO, O3, VOCs etc. along with the influence of surface functionalization and doping has been discussed.

Graphical abstract: Dimension dependency of tungsten oxide for efficient gas sensing
Critical Review

Uptake, translocation, and transformation of silver nanoparticles in plants

This article reviews the plant uptake of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) that occurred in soil systems and the in planta fate of Ag.

Graphical abstract: Uptake, translocation, and transformation of silver nanoparticles in plants
Critical Review

Porous materials confining noble metals for the catalytic reduction of nitroaromatics: controllable synthesis and enhanced mechanism

In the field of nanocatalysis, noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) have aroused tremendous attention owing to their superb catalytic efficiency, especially in the catalytic reduction of nitroaromatics.

Graphical abstract: Porous materials confining noble metals for the catalytic reduction of nitroaromatics: controllable synthesis and enhanced mechanism
Critical Review

Advances in nanofluidics for water purification and filtration: molecular dynamics (MD) perspective

Worldwide industrialization and population growth have caused dramatic environmental pollution that has led to a water crisis.

Graphical abstract: Advances in nanofluidics for water purification and filtration: molecular dynamics (MD) perspective
Critical Review

Porous graphitic carbon nitride nanomaterials for water treatment

This review summarizes the application of porous g-C3N4 in water treatment and modification to enhance its catalytic performance, showing the potential of porous g-C3N4 for the actual treatment of water bodies.

Graphical abstract: Porous graphitic carbon nitride nanomaterials for water treatment
Critical Review

Graphdiyne: an emerging two-dimensional (2D) carbon material for environmental remediation

This review highlights recent and important advances related to the structure properties and application of graphdiyne (GDY)-based nanocomposites for environmental remediation.

Graphical abstract: Graphdiyne: an emerging two-dimensional (2D) carbon material for environmental remediation
Critical Review

Transfer and toxicity of silver nanoparticles in the food chain

Biodynamic, in vivo, and omics-based approaches will capture the complex ecological interactions of AgNPs with non-target organisms.

Graphical abstract: Transfer and toxicity of silver nanoparticles in the food chain
Critical Review

Inorganic nanoparticles as food additives and their influence on the human gut microbiota

The use of various aspects of food processing, including the direct inclusion of nano-additives, are rapidly increasing in the field of nanotechnology to enhance the desired qualities in food production, use and storage.

Graphical abstract: Inorganic nanoparticles as food additives and their influence on the human gut microbiota
Open Access Critical Review

Insights on toxicity, safe handling and disposal of silica aerogels and amorphous nanoparticles

The toxicity and ecotoxicity effects, handling and disposal of synthetic amorphous silica nanoparticles and aerogels are reviewed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Insights on toxicity, safe handling and disposal of silica aerogels and amorphous nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

Foliar application of nanoparticles: mechanisms of absorption, transfer, and multiple impacts

Foliar spray of NPs is more effective than root/soil application, but potential human exposure and plant toxicity should be addressed.

Graphical abstract: Foliar application of nanoparticles: mechanisms of absorption, transfer, and multiple impacts
Critical Review

Removal of antibiotics from aqueous solutions by electrocatalytic degradation

Electrocatalytic degradation of antibiotics.

Graphical abstract: Removal of antibiotics from aqueous solutions by electrocatalytic degradation
Open Access Critical Review

Critical overview on the green synthesis of carbon quantum dots and their application for cancer therapy

A critical review which delves into the advantages of the use of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) in nano-based cancer therapy, which includes its more positive environmental impact compared to previous systems.

Graphical abstract: Critical overview on the green synthesis of carbon quantum dots and their application for cancer therapy
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Critical Review

Recent advances in the application of noble metal nanoparticles in colorimetric sensors for lead ions

Recent developments in nanotechnology and engineering have produced a plethora of nanomaterials with amazing physical/chemical properties and enhanced sensing potential for various heavy metals in the environment.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the application of noble metal nanoparticles in colorimetric sensors for lead ions
Critical Review

The progress of nanomaterials for carbon dioxide capture via the adsorption process

This review article describes the main technologies for CO2 capture, highlights the latest research status of nanomaterials for CO2 capture, and investigates the influence of surface microstructure and modification of materials on CO2 capture.

Graphical abstract: The progress of nanomaterials for carbon dioxide capture via the adsorption process
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: bacteriophages as nano engineering tools for quality monitoring and pathogen detection in water and wastewater

Phase-based detection and monitoring of pathogens in water and wastewater.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: bacteriophages as nano engineering tools for quality monitoring and pathogen detection in water and wastewater
Critical Review

Towards resolution of antibacterial mechanisms in metal and metal oxide nanomaterials: a meta-analysis of the influence of study design on mechanistic conclusions

While the antibacterial potency of metal and metal oxide engineered nanomaterials (MMO ENMs) is well-established, a lack of standardized methodologies for mechanistic studies may create both real and perceived ambiguity in mechanistic conclusions.

Graphical abstract: Towards resolution of antibacterial mechanisms in metal and metal oxide nanomaterials: a meta-analysis of the influence of study design on mechanistic conclusions
Critical Review

Room-temperature formaldehyde catalytic decomposition

The necessity, basic strategies and mechanisms for HCHO room-temperature catalytic oxidation removal are summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Room-temperature formaldehyde catalytic decomposition
Critical Review

A review on graphene quantum dots and their nanocomposites: from laboratory synthesis towards agricultural and environmental applications

This review highlights recent and important advances related to the synthesis, characterization and application of graphene quantum dot (GQD)-based nanocomposites for the agriculture and environmental sectors.

Graphical abstract: A review on graphene quantum dots and their nanocomposites: from laboratory synthesis towards agricultural and environmental applications
Critical Review

Doing nano-enabled water treatment right: sustainability considerations from design and research through development and implementation

Nanotechnology-enabled water treatment technologies have the potential to outperform conventional water treatment systems, but we must understand how to produce, use, and dispose of these technologies in a safe and sustainable way.

Graphical abstract: Doing nano-enabled water treatment right: sustainability considerations from design and research through development and implementation
From the themed collection: US National Nanotechnology Day, 2022
Critical Review

Nanobiochar: production, properties, and multifunctional applications

Biochar conversion into nanobiochar induced multiple potential applications as an adsorbent, sensor, capacitor, and photocatalytic and plant nanobionic material.

Graphical abstract: Nanobiochar: production, properties, and multifunctional applications
Critical Review

Functionalized porous organic materials as efficient media for the adsorptive removal of Hg(II) ions

Hg(II) contamination in water is a major health issue. Functionalized organic materials have huge scope for the large-scale adsorptive removal of Hg(II). This review summarizes major achievements of POPs and COFs in the water purification purposes.

Graphical abstract: Functionalized porous organic materials as efficient media for the adsorptive removal of Hg(ii) ions
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: calculating size- and coating-dependent effect factors for silver nanoparticles to inform characterization factor development for usage in life cycle assessment

Concerns about the environmental impacts due to the end of life for engineered nanomaterials (ENM) are growing.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: calculating size- and coating-dependent effect factors for silver nanoparticles to inform characterization factor development for usage in life cycle assessment
Critical Review

Interactions between organic pollutants and carbon nanomaterials and the associated impact on microbial availability and degradation in soil: a review

Impact of carbon nanomaterials on soil organic pollutant biodegradation is associated with their interactions with pollutant and toxicity to microorganisms.

Graphical abstract: Interactions between organic pollutants and carbon nanomaterials and the associated impact on microbial availability and degradation in soil: a review
Critical Review

Interplay between engineered nanomaterials and microbiota

Engineered nanomaterials (ENM) have a potential to modulate microbiota and induce harmful or beneficial effects in the host. However, the causal factors of ENM-induced dysbiosis remain unknown.

Graphical abstract: Interplay between engineered nanomaterials and microbiota
Critical Review

Recent advances in the design of colorimetric sensors for environmental monitoring

Colorimetric sensors fabricated via nanomaterials and nanotechnology exhibited promising applications in environmental science.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the design of colorimetric sensors for environmental monitoring
Open Access Critical Review

The gut barrier and the fate of engineered nanomaterials: a view from comparative physiology

Despite the diverse structures and functions of the gut barrier in the animal kingdom, some common features of gut lumen chemistry control the behaviour of engineered nanomaterials, and with some potentially novel uptake pathways in invertebrates.

Graphical abstract: The gut barrier and the fate of engineered nanomaterials: a view from comparative physiology
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

Critical role of water stability in metal–organic frameworks and advanced modification strategies for the extension of their applicability

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are well known for their versatile applications in diverse fields (e.g., gas adsorption, water purification, sensing, drug delivery, and catalysis).

Graphical abstract: Critical role of water stability in metal–organic frameworks and advanced modification strategies for the extension of their applicability
Critical Review

Applications of nanozymes in the environment

Nanozymes have great potential in detection of heavy metals, organic pollutants and treatment of pathogenic bacteria and waste water and air.

Graphical abstract: Applications of nanozymes in the environment
Critical Review

An MXene-based membrane for molecular separation

Two-dimensional (2D) materials with a nanoscale thickness are promising candidates for advanced molecular separations.

Graphical abstract: An MXene-based membrane for molecular separation
Critical Review

Nanomaterials for radioactive wastewater decontamination

Nanomaterials have been demonstrated to be an effective adsorbent or an ion exchanger for selectively removing various radioactive species present in contaminated water while preventing radionuclides from entering and interacting with the biosphere.

Graphical abstract: Nanomaterials for radioactive wastewater decontamination
Open Access Critical Review

The rise of the nanomaterial metabolite corona, and emergence of the complete corona

Metabolites present in the corona may play a key role in biological recognition of nanomaterials yet remain a much-overlooked aspect of the corona.

Graphical abstract: The rise of the nanomaterial metabolite corona, and emergence of the complete corona
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Critical Review

Layered structure-based materials: challenges and opportunities for radionuclide sequestration

This review highlights recent achievements and perspectives of emerging two-dimensional nanomaterials for the elimination of radionuclides in environmental applications.

Graphical abstract: Layered structure-based materials: challenges and opportunities for radionuclide sequestration
Critical Review

What will happen when microorganisms “meet” photocatalysts and photocatalysis?

In recent years, photocatalytic technology has been widely studied as an environmental restoration technology and energy production technology to solve the two crises of energy shortage and environmental pollution.

Graphical abstract: What will happen when microorganisms “meet” photocatalysts and photocatalysis?
Critical Review

Recent advances regarding the impacts of engineered nanomaterials on the anaerobic ammonium oxidation process: performances and mechanisms

The impacts of engineered nanomaterials on the performance of the anaerobic ammonium oxidation process and their intoxication mechanisms are summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances regarding the impacts of engineered nanomaterials on the anaerobic ammonium oxidation process: performances and mechanisms
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