Project Details Engineered Nanoparticles and the Environment: Physicochemical Processes and Biotoxicity

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Start Date:
01 October 2011
End Date:
14 May 2018
Division Name:
Chemistry and the Environment Division
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Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) are found in increasing number of products and applications due to rapid development of nanotechnology, thus they will be inevitably introduced into the environment from intentional application, accidental release, and disposal. Knowledge of environmental application, fate, and toxicity of ENPs is critical for sustainable nanotechnology development and environmental protection. Therefore, the overall goal is to provide the scientific and professional communities with the latest information and critical evaluation by the word-leading scientists on biophysico-chemical processes and biotoxicity of ENPs in the environment. This book will be an important reference for students, professors, scientists and engineers.


Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs, 1-100 nm) are found in increasing number of daily products (such as lotions, shampoos, socks, and toys) and applications (e.g., biomedical, electronic and environmental) due to the rapid development and use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is one of the most promising new technologies of the 21st century and will have dramatic impacts across all scientific fields. Due to their anticipated high-volume production and widespread use, ENPs will be introduced into the environment from intentional application, accidental release, and disposal at the end of life-cycle of the ENPs-containing products. As a matter of fact, ENPs have already been reported entering the environment as a result of using ENPs-containing paints. Presently, the development of ENPs and their applications have outpaced the research on their potential health and environmental risks. Recent toxicological data do raise concerns over the environmental and health impact of ENPs, which will be largely determined by their fate, mobility, and bioavailability. Currently, there is a urgent need for a comprehensive and updated book to systematically collect and integrate all the latest information, data and knowledge on the source, release, exposure, bioavailability, transport, transformation, and fate and modeling of ENPs in the environment. Therefore, with a systematic and interdisciplinary approach, this book will bring together world-renowned international scientists on the subject matter to integrate the latest discoveries, development, and future prospects on the research of ENPs in the environment and various ecosystems.

It is envisioned that this book will be useful for the sustainable development of nanotechnology, a valuable resource book for students, professors, scientists, engineers and professional consultants, and inspiring talented young minds to work in such an important area of research.


April 2012 – project announcement published in Chem. Int. Mar-Apr 2012, p. 20.

June 2014 update – This book is composed of three parts. About 2/3 is completed.

  • Part I – Synthesis, environmental application, detection and characterization of engineered nanoparticles (7 chapters)
  • Part II – Environmental release, processes, and modeling of engineered nanoparticles (9 chapters)
  • Part III – Biotoxicity of engineered nanoparticles and risk assessment (9 chapters)

project2011-019-1-600_nanoparticles-and-the-environment_book-coverJune 2016 update – This book is published by Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-119-27582-4

Details the source, release, exposure, adsorption, aggregation, bioavailability, transport, transformation, and modeling of engineered nanoparticles found in many common products and applications

  • Covers synthesis, environmental application, detection, and characterization of engineered nanoparticles
  • Details the toxicity and risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles
  • Includes topics on the transport, transformation, and modeling of engineered nanoparticles
  • Presents the latest developments and knowledge of engineered nanoparticles
  • Written by world leading experts from prestigious universities and companies

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May 2017 – A short book write-up is published in Chem Int, Apr 2017, pp. 28-29;

Project completed

Last update 14 May 2018