Special Issue "Material Properties Underpinning Nanotoxicity Studies and Safety by Design Strategies"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Iseult Lynch

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Interests: nanomaterial synthesis and characterisation; nanoparticle-biomolecule interactions (eco-corona); fate and behaviour of nanomaterials; green / benign-by-design nanomaterials; nanosafety assessment; nanosafety data management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Eugenia (Éva) Valsami-Jones

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Interests: nanomaterial characterisation and labelling; reactivity at the nanoscale; nanoparticle interactions with pollutants and biota; safe-by-design nanomaterials, biogenic nanoscale materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of Safety by Design (SbD) was established to help the development of nanoparticles and materials with risk minimisation at every stage of the design process to achieve long term commercial potential and consumer confidence. Similarly, concepts around green nanomaterials and Benign by design (BbD) reflect the need the need to reduce reliance on critical non-renewable resources and to move away from the single-use culture towards a more circular economy. Together these concepts will help nanosafety and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) consideration to keep up with innovation, and indeed merge into so-called “safe innovation”.

At the heart of SbD/BbD lies the concept of substituting the question “Is it safe/sustainable?” with “Can we engineer it to be safe/sustainable?” This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the recent advances in the design of safe (lower hazard, exposure or persistence) and/or benign (green, recyclable, re-usable, lower impacts across the whole life cycle) nanomaterials, focussing on those molecular and physico-chemical properties (intrinsic and extrinsic to the material) driving hazard or exposure (and thus risk) and on strategies to design-out, replace, substitute or mitigate the undesirable effects whilst retaining functionality and cost-efficiency.

Prof. Dr. Iseult Lynch
Prof. Dr. Eugenia (Éva) Valsami-Jones
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • nanomaterials    
  • nanocomposites  
  • nano-hybrids    
  • nanosafety    
  • hazard assessment    
  • risk assessment    
  • classification    
  • grouping    
  • safe-by-design    
  • benign-by-design    
  • predictive toxicology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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