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An introduction to some of the key issues this emerging technology presents to researchers, workers, and the public.
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Exposure Assessment and Safety Considerations for Working with Engineered Nanoparticles

Addresses health and safety issues associated with workplace Nanoparticle exposures

• Describes methods to evaluate and control worker exposures to engineered nanoparticles

• Provides guidance for concerned EHS professionals on acceptable levels of exposure to nanoparticles
• Includes documentation on best practices to be followed by all researchers when working with engineered nanoparticles
• Describes current knowledge on toxicity of nanoparticles

• Includes coverage on Routes of Exposure for Engineered


Nanotechnology : Health and Environmental Risks

While reports on nanotechnology by research and marketing firms as well as governmental agencies are comprehensive and insightful, they can often be tedious to read, expensive to procure, and generally unknown to nonexperts interested in this technology. Offering a reader-friendly and affordable alternative to these options, Nanotechnology: Health and Environmental Risks introduces risk analysis as a tool for responsible environmental decision making in nanotechnology development and provides examples of past, present, and future technologies that demonstrate the need for and benefits of evaluating the risks of nanotechnology. 

After outlining the steps of risk analysis, the book examines the opportunity costs inherent in current nanotechnology development. It then introduces life cycle analysis, the toxicology of nanoscale materials, and the known impacts of specific nanoscale materials on people. The text also covers environmental impacts and exposure, followed by chapters on the state-of-the-art tools that adapt life cycle thinking into risk analysis for nanotechnology. The final chapters describe current practices for managing the hazards and risks of nanoscale materials and explore the numerous international efforts that address the risks, science, and policies of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology : Health and Environmental Risks


    Neurotoxicity of Nanomaterials and NanoMedicine

    Neurotoxicity of Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine presents an overview of the exciting research in neurotoxicity and nanomaterials. nanomaterials have been extensively used in medicine, including in diagnosis probes, drug carriers, and embedded materials. While some have been approved for the clinical use, most nanomaterials are waiting to be transferred from lab to clinic. However, the toxcity is a main barrier that restricts the translation. This comphrehensive book includes chapters on the most commonly used indiviual nanoparticles with information on the applications, nueortoxicity, and related mechanisms of each, providing the most in-depth and current information available.


      Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology

      Nanotechnology, science, and engineering spearhead the 21st century revolution that is leading to fundamental breakthroughs in the way materials, devices, and systems are understood, designed, made, and used. With contributions from a host of world-class experts and pioneers in the field, this handbook sets forth the fundamentals of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), studies their fabrication, and explores some of their most promising applications. It provides comprehensive information and references for nanoscale structures, devices, and systems, molecular technology and nanoelectromechanical theory, and promises to become a standard reference for the field.

      Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology

        Assessing Nanoparticle Risks to Human Health

        This book takes a systematic look at nanoparticle risks within the paradigm of risk assessment, considers the limitations of this paradigm in dealing with the extreme uncertainties regarding many aspects of nanoparticle exposure and toxicity, and suggests new methods for assessing and managing risks in this context.

        Nanotechnology and the Public

        Nanotechnology and the publicThis quick, easy-to-read reference supplies data and interpretation on the public perception of nanotechnology, along with a discussion of the implications for risk communication.


        Nanotechnology Standards

        "Nanotechnology Standards provides the first comprehensive, state-of-the-art reviews of nanotechnology standards development, both in the field of standards development and in specific areas of nanotechnology. It also describes global standards-developing processes for nanotechnology, which can be extended to other emerging technologies.

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        Handbook of Immunological Properties of Engineered Nanomaterials

        The Handbook of Immunological Properties of Engineered Nanomaterials provides a comprehensive overview of the current literature, methodologies, and translational and regulatory considerations in the field of nanoimmunotoxicology. The main subject is the immunological properties of engineered nanomaterials. Focus areas include interactions between engineered nanomaterials and red blood cells, platelets, endothelial cells, professional phagocytes, T cells, B cells, dendritic cells, complement and coagulation systems, and plasma proteins, with discussions on nanoparticle sterility and sterilization. Each chapter presents a broad literature review of the given focus area, describes protocols and resources available to support research in the individual focus areas, highlights challenges, and outlines unanswered questions and future directions. In addition, the Handbook includes an overview of and serves a guide to the physicochemical characterization of engineered nanomaterials essential to conducting meaningful immunological studies of nanoparticles. Regulations related to immunotoxicity testing of materials prior to their translation into the clinic are also reviewed.

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