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Chances and risks of nanomaterials for health and environment
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Nano-Net : proceedings of the 4th International CIST Conference, Nano-Net 2009, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-20, 2009
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Lecture notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Nanomaterials have properties that are often very different from normal materials made of the same substance, which can be used to create novel products with exciting properties. However, the health and environmental impact of these nanomaterials is also changed and their potential risk needs to be studied. There is evidence that some nanomaterials can pass through tissue barriers (including the blood-brain barrier) and cell membranes. This is interesting for medical applications, but it raises concerns about the impact of non-medical nanomaterials. Current research aims at better coordinating research efforts and at better communication between researchers and involved stakeholders. Many research labs and production sites currently follow strategies that were established for dealing with very toxic chemicals and powders, until future research in this field helps identify the appropriate level of protection. All these efforts will ultimately ensure a safe, healthy and environmental friendly production, use and disposal of nanomaterials.
Nanoparticles , Risk Assessment , Risk Management , Occupational Health , Safety , Environment
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