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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
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
Perspective

Strategies for robust and accurate experimental approaches to quantify nanomaterial bioaccumulation across a broad range of organisms

Strategies are provided for making robust measurements of engineered nanomaterial bioaccumulation across a broad range of organisms.

Graphical abstract: Strategies for robust and accurate experimental approaches to quantify nanomaterial bioaccumulation across a broad range of organisms
Perspective

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.

Graphical abstract: In situ remediation of subsurface contamination: opportunities and challenges for nanotechnology and advanced materials
Perspective

Dissolution as a paradigm in regulating nanomaterials

Dissolution is a factor to consider when interpreting human health and ecotoxicological studies.

Graphical abstract: Dissolution as a paradigm in regulating nanomaterials
Perspective

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.

Graphical abstract: Life cycle considerations of nano-enabled agrochemicals: are today's tools up to the task?
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
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
Frontier

Micromotors for environmental applications: a review

Micromotors and the environment: illustrating the efficient operation of carbon-based micromotors for water purification.

Graphical abstract: Micromotors for environmental applications: a review
Open Access Frontier

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.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: the rise of nano-enabled photothermal materials for water evaporation and clean water production by sunlight
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
Tutorial Review

Emerging investigator series: polymeric nanocarriers for agricultural applications: synthesis, characterization, and environmental and biological interactions

This review discusses polymeric nanocarriers for agrochemical delivery, from synthesis, characterization, and release, to benefits for agrochemical efficiency and sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: polymeric nanocarriers for agricultural applications: synthesis, characterization, and environmental and biological interactions
Open Access Tutorial Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework-based nanomaterials for adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous pollutants: recent progress and challenges
Tutorial Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: interactions of engineered nanomaterials with the cell plasma membrane; what have we learned from membrane models?
Tutorial Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Construction of an all-solid-state Z-scheme photocatalyst based on graphite carbon nitride and its enhancement to catalytic activity
Tutorial Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Iron triad nanomaterials and their sustainable application in the environment
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
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
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
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

Nanostructured manganese oxides: natural/artificial formation and their induced catalysis for wastewater remediation

Manganese oxides, with low toxicity and wide adaptability, have been demonstrated as promising catalysts for substituting noble metals/oxides in a diversity of chemical reactions.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured manganese oxides: natural/artificial formation and their induced catalysis for wastewater remediation
Critical Review

Nanomaterials as fertilizers for improving plant mineral nutrition and environmental outcomes

Nanomaterials can potentially be used as fertilizers to improve both plant nutrition and environmental outcomes.

Graphical abstract: Nanomaterials as fertilizers for improving plant mineral nutrition and environmental outcomes
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
Critical Review

Status and challenges in photocatalytic nanotechnology for cleaning air polluted with volatile organic compounds: visible light utilization and catalyst deactivation

Photocatalysis that utilizes semiconductor nanoparticles is one of the promising environmental technology for air purification.

Graphical abstract: Status and challenges in photocatalytic nanotechnology for cleaning air polluted with volatile organic compounds: visible light utilization and catalyst deactivation
Critical Review

Recent advances in electrocatalysts for halogenated organic pollutant degradation

Advanced electrocatalysts for halogenated organic pollutant degradation.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in electrocatalysts for halogenated organic pollutant degradation
Critical Review

Delivery, uptake, fate, and transport of engineered nanoparticles in plants: a critical review and data analysis

The increasing demand for food coupled to various environmental pressures, is increasing the importance of sustainable agricultural practices.

Graphical abstract: Delivery, uptake, fate, and transport of engineered nanoparticles in plants: a critical review and data analysis
Critical Review

Recent advances in nano-enabled fertilizers and pesticides: a critical review of mechanisms of action

The use of nanomaterials in agriculture as nanofertilizers, nanopesticides, or nano-enabled sensors to increase crop yield is gaining increasing interest.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in nano-enabled fertilizers and pesticides: a critical review of mechanisms of action
Open Access Critical Review

Tools and rules for modelling uptake and bioaccumulation of nanomaterials in invertebrate organisms

Quantification of the uptake and elimination of nanomaterials (NMs) by organisms is key in assessing the environmental risks of NMs.

Graphical abstract: Tools and rules for modelling uptake and bioaccumulation of nanomaterials in invertebrate organisms
Critical Review

Emerging investigator series: treatment and recycling of heavy metals from nanosludge

This article reviews the challenges of nanosludge and provides new insights into the treatment of nanosludge for heavy metal recycling.

Graphical abstract: Emerging investigator series: treatment and recycling of heavy metals from nanosludge
Critical Review

Silver sulfide nanoparticles in aqueous environments: formation, transformation and toxicity

Formation and transformation of silver sulfide nanoparticles occur in both engineered and natural water systems with potential toxic effects to aqueous organisms.

Graphical abstract: Silver sulfide nanoparticles in aqueous environments: formation, transformation and toxicity
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of labeling methods used for investigating the environmental behavior and toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Algae response to engineered nanoparticles: current understanding, mechanisms and implications
Critical Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Detection of engineered nanoparticles in aquatic environments: current status and challenges in enrichment, separation, and analysis
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