Special Issue "Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018
Prof. Harald F. Krug
Empa – Swiss Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, St. Gallen, CH-9014 and NanoCASE GmbH, Shareholder and Consultant and University of Bern, Switzerland
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Interests: biological mechanisms; environmentally relevant pollutants, technical chemicals and materials; nanotoxicology
Engineered nanomaterials (ENM) are a diverse group of materials that find applications in a great variety of products, ranging from cosmetics to paints, from sports equipment to electronics, or from soil remediation to nanomedicine. Depending on the type of product and the integration of the nanomaterial into it, release of engineered nanomaterials into the environment is inevitable. Hence, this Special Issue deals with the release, fate and effects that nanomaterials elicit in the different environmental compartments, including the technosphere (e.g., behavior during waste water treatment or handling of solid waste). We invite contributions considering all types of man-made nanomaterials that are appropriately characterized regarding their physical and chemical properties.
During the last decade, a large number of studies have been published trying to find adverse effects of ENM on human and environment. Commonly, unrealistically high exposure concentrations were tested to proof an effect. The publications regarding nanotoxicity with very alarming conclusions are attractive and often considered publication worthy, while those reporting no adverse effects are not considered as novel findings for publication purposes. For this reason in this issue we specifically welcome authors to submit also “No-effect Studies”. Also studies using concentrations of ENM close to realistic or predicted environmental levels are invited.
We invite full papers, communications and reviews covering one or several of the topics included in (or related to) the keywords below.
Prof. Harald F. Krug
Dr. Dana Kühnel
Dr. Anita Jemec Kokalj
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engineered nanomaterials (ENM)
environmental release and fate
pathways of toxicity (PoT) and adverse outcome pathways (AOP) of ENM
uptake and food-chain transfer
co-contaminants and mixture effects
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Review
Title:Performance of the method and biology of the test organism define the interpretation of NPs fate: case study with AgNP
Author(s): Anita Jemec Kokalj
Affiliation(s): Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to (i) provide a review of methods currently used to study the fate of NPs inside the organism and (ii) to evaluate the performance of each method in terms of resolution, specificity and sensitivity. For this purpose, we reviewed the existing literature on silver nanoparticles, for which a lot of data are already available. We found out that the data differ to a large extent. While in some cases evident distribution of NPs within different body parts was reported, in other cases the distribution of NPs was not recorded. Often the selection of methods was inappropriate because the method was either not specific or sensitive enough to be able to fulfill the goal of the study. Our main conclusion is that there is currently no single technique that would discriminate between ions and NPs, and at the same time enable quantification of NPs and their subcellular localization. Therefore, the method to study NP fate should be selected based on the(i) the characteristics of NPs (dissolution, composition, size) and (ii) the aim of the study (body burden or cellular localization).The final aim of the paper is to provide guidance for the use of the certain method according to the purpose of the study.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Toxicity evaluation of single and binary mixtures of metal oxide nanoparticles based on the cell count and chlorophyll content of algal growth
Author(s): In Chul Kong
Affiliation(s): Department of Environment Engineering, Yeungnam Uniiversity, 712-749 Korea