In situ remediation of subsurface contamination: opportunities and challenges for nanotechnology and advanced materials
Engineered nanomaterials alone or in combination with other technologies may improve in situ subsurface remediation of legacy and emerging contaminants.
Dissolution as a paradigm in regulating nanomaterials
Dissolution is a factor to consider when interpreting human health and ecotoxicological studies.
Life cycle considerations of nano-enabled agrochemicals: are today's tools up to the task?
Nano specific challenges of applying LCA towards nano-enabled agrochemicals to assess their environmental implications are identified in this 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
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.
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.
Micromotors for environmental applications: a review
Micromotors and the environment: illustrating the efficient operation of carbon-based micromotors for water purification.
Emerging investigator series: the rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight
This frontier reviews impressive progresses of nano-enabled solar-driven water evaporation and clean water production made in the past 4 years.
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.
Metal–organic framework-based nanomaterials for adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous pollutants: recent progress and challenges
Design and engineering of metal–organic frameworks for the adsorption/degradation of inorganic toxic gases, organic vapors and particulate matter.
Emerging investigator series: interactions of engineered nanomaterials with the cell plasma membrane; what have we learned from membrane models?
Various membrane models used to study nanoparticle interactions with the cell plasma membrane.
Construction of an all-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalyst based on graphite carbon nitride and its enhancement to catalytic activity
This review highlights an artificial g-C3N4-based Z-scheme photocatalyst that simulates natural photosynthesis; the design, preparation and applications are presented.
Iron triad nanomaterials and their sustainable application in the environment
It reviews the most recent progress in detection, treatment, and recycling of contaminants mainly from wastewater using iron triad nanomaterials.
Cell type specific cytoskeleton disruption induced by engineered nanoparticles
One of the main concerns regarding nanomaterials is the cytotoxicity caused by engineered nanoparticles (NPs) after inhalation, oral or dermal routes of exposure, intravenous application, and delivery as debris from implants.
Opportunities to advance sustainable design of nano-enabled agriculture identified through a literature review
Opportunities to advance agriculture sustainability through innovative nano-enabled design are identified from review of current agriculture and food system applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evaluation of labeling methods used for investigating the environmental behavior and toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles
The analysis of the environmental behavior and toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles (MONPs) is complicated by high metal concentrations in natural matrices.
Algae response to engineered nanoparticles: current understanding, mechanisms and implications
The key algal response mechanisms to cope with NP toxicity and implications for algal bloom control by NPs.
Detection of engineered nanoparticles in aquatic environments: current status and challenges in enrichment, separation, and analysis
The development of enrichment–separation–analysis technologies is the cornerstone of accurately detecting, effectively monitoring, and controlling ENPs in aquatic environments.
Uptake, translocation, and transformation of metal-based nanoparticles in plants: recent advances and methodological challenges
We review the uptake, translocation and transformation of metal based nanoparticles in higher plants, and present advanced analytical techniques and future perspectives in this field.
Prospects of biosynthesized nanomaterials for the remediation of organic and inorganic environmental contaminants
Nanotechnology deals with matter at dimensions within 1–100 nm, with such material displaying a wide range of applications in industry, medicine and environmental remediation.
Environmental transformation of natural and engineered carbon nanoparticles and implications for the fate of organic contaminants
Environmental transformations of natural and engineered carbon nanoparticles significantly affect their fate, transport, and interactions with organic contaminants.
The effects and the potential mechanism of environmental transformation of metal nanoparticles on their toxicity in organisms
The influence of environmental transformation on the toxicity of metal nanoparticles and possible mechanisms are recapitulated and discussed.
Emerging investigator series: design of hydrogel nanocomposites for the detection and removal of pollutants: from nanosheets, network structures, and biocompatibility to machine-learning-assisted design
Due to serious pollution of the world's water resources, effective methods for the detection and removal of pollutants must be developed.
Toward computational and experimental characterisation for risk assessment of metal oxide nanoparticles
In silico methods provide an alternative and reliable route for the toxicity evaluation of metal oxide nanoparticles.
Facet-dependent contaminant removal properties of hematite nanocrystals and their environmental implications
Hematite nanocrystals exhibit facet-dependent contaminant removal properties and are of important environmental implications.
Graphene analogues in aquatic environments and porous media: dispersion, aggregation, deposition and transformation
The potential extensive application of graphene analogues (GAs), such as graphene, graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide, in various fields results in the possibility of their release into the natural environment with negative impacts on humans and the ecosystem.
Application of graphene-based materials in water purification: from the nanoscale to specific devices
The synthesis, multilevel structural features, adsorption performance and environmental applications of graphene nanosheets and 2D/3D graphene-based macrostructure material were summarized.
Rapid detection of nutrients with electronic sensors: a review
Electronic sensors can detect nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are key indexes in evaluating water eutrophication.
Intelligent environmental nanomaterials
We offer a comprehensive overview for the design concepts and latest progresses on the intelligent environmental nanomaterials.
Cellulose nanomaterials: promising sustainable nanomaterials for application in water/wastewater treatment processes
Schematic diagram showing the various water/wastewater treatment processes in which CN-based systems can be utilized.
Lifetime eco-nanotoxicology in an adult organism: where and when is the invertebrate C. elegans vulnerable?
This review addresses nanotoxicology in the nematode roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans throughout its entire life span, premature functional aging of the target organs and ecological considerations.
Interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with soil components and plants: current knowledge and future research needs – a critical review
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2), one of the most produced engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), are used in pigments, photocatalysis, food additives, and personal care products.
Challenges in characterizing the environmental fate and effects of carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanomaterials in aquatic systems
Characterization of carbon nanotube dispersions requires measurement of both, concentration and surface area.
Application of nanotechnologies for removing pharmaceutically active compounds from water: development and future trends
The current review summarizes the recent advances in nanotechnology for PhACs removal and proposes possible further research directions.
Chemodynamics and bioavailability of metal ion complexes with nanoparticles in aqueous media
The physicochemical binding of metal ions by nanoparticles in aquatic environments significantly impacts their speciation dynamics and bioavailabilities.
Applications of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy in the analysis of nanoparticles in the environment
SERS is a robust and versatile tool for monitoring NPs and their behavior in the environment.
Metal–support interactions in catalysts for environmental remediation
SMSIs in nanosilver–TiO2 form visible-light active crystalline TiOx while SOSIs through Pd–Ox–Ti stabilize single Pd atoms on TiO2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About this collection
In addition to high quality research papers, Environmental Science: Nano features topical review articles. Reviews will be added to this webpage as soon as possible after publication.