Safety of Nanomaterials along Their Lifecycle: Release, Exposure, and Human Hazards

Wendel Wohlleben, Thomas A.J. Kuhlbusch, Jürgen Schnekenburger, Claus-Michael Lehr

December 3, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 472 Pages - 116 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466567863 - CAT# K16366

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Features

  • Presents the state of the art in nanosafety research from a lifecycle perspective
  • Covers hazard identification as well as the mechanisms of health hazards, toxicology, risk assessment, and release and exposure
  • Provides real-life case studies of industry products that exemplify how production, use, and disposal can be assessed for the safe use of nanomaterials
  • Features a combined effort from academia, regulators, and industry to offer a broad perspective

 

Summary

The incorporation of nanomaterials into products can improve performance, efficiency, and durability in various fields ranging from construction, energy management, catalysis, microelectronics, plastics, coatings, and paints to consumer articles such as foods and cosmetics. But innovation never comes at zero risk. The potential hazards resulting from human exposure during production, use, or disposal has raised concerns and targeted research early on.

Safety of Nanomaterials along Their Lifecycle: Release, Exposure, and Human Hazards presents the state of the art in nanosafety research from a lifecycle perspective. Although major knowledge gaps still exist, solid data are now available to identify scenarios of critical risk as well as those of safe nanomaterial use for our benefit.

The book is divided into four parts: characterization, hazard, release and exposure, and real-life case studies. To improve coherence throughout the book, various chapters review the same suite of well-characterized, judiciously chosen, and identical industrial nanomaterials. The book is a helpful resource to professionals in product development, industrial design, regulatory agencies, and materials scientists and engineers involved in the safety of nanomaterials.