Special Issue "Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2016) | Viewed by 44669
Interests: environmental chemistry and toxicology; molecular environmental science; physicochemical factors and mechanisms controlling the transport and fate of inorganic and organic contaminants and manufactured nanomaterials within surface and subsurface environments; molecular-level controls on the bioavailability and toxicity of metals/nanomaterials; ecotoxicology and eco-genomics; biogeochemistry; critical zone science; climate science; nuclear waste management and disposal
Interests: soil chemistry; soil microbiology; critical zone science; soil colloids; ecotoxicology and emerging contaminants
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are being incorporated into a rapidly increasing number of consumer products including sunscreens, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. The ENMs in consumer products can be released into waste streams during use and will concentrate in sewage sludge during wastewater treatment. As a result, estimated concentrations of ENMs within sludge and the biosolids produced from them have increased dramatically over the past few years. In regions where biosolids are used as fertilizer, land application of biosolids is a significant pathway by which ENMs will be introduced into agroecosystems. Furthermore, the potential to develop ENM-based pesticides and fertilizers is currently being explored. These agricultural applications present the possibility of widespread, large volume discharge of ENMs into agroecosystems. As questions remain over the potential environmental impact of ENMs, scientific and community concerns persist over their human and environmental safety. In this Special Issue of Nanomaterials, we present recent research findings and ideas concerning our understanding of the fate, bioavailability, and potential toxicity of ENMs in the environment.
Prof. Dr. Paul Bertsch
Dr. Jonathan Judy
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