By G.P. Thomas
Research and Markets has included a new book titled ‘Analysis and Risk of Nanomaterials in Environmental and Food Samples, Vol 59. Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry’ to its catalogue.
Nanotechnology is utilized in a variety of consumer products to deliver novel products with highly enviable properties. However, it also paves the way to a broad range of emerging pollutants and a new class of human exposure. It is important to assess these associated risks.
Majority of the existing human toxicological data on nanomaterials discusses nanoparticles present in air and their impact through inhalation. Very less information is available about other ways of human exposure like food and water and associated impact on the environment and human health.
Elsevier Science and Technology's new book presents the latest studies and ecotoxicological assessment of nanomaterials in food and the environment in detail. Besides summarizing the latest research , this book explains how commonly utilized spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques can complement microscopic methods commonly utilized for characterization of nanomaterials.
Key topics covered in the report include Introduction to the analysis and risk of nanomaterials in environmental and food samples; Analysis of nanoparticles based on electrophoretic separations; Biopolymer-based nanomaterials: Potential applications in bioremediation of contaminated wastewaters and soils; Analysis and fate of organic nanomaterials in environmental samples; Characterization of engineered nanoparticles in natural waters; Chemical and ecotoxicological assessment of dendrimers in the aquatic environment; Engineered nanoparticles in textiles and textile wastewaters; Inorganic nanoparticles and the environment: Balancing benefits and risks; Fullerenes in environmental samples: C60 in atmospheric particulate matter; and Nanomaterials in food, which way forward?.