Toxicity of engineered nanoparticles in the environment

Melissa A. Maurer-Jones, Ian L. Gunsolus, Catherine J. Murphy, Christy L. Haynes

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While nanoparticles occur naturally in the environment and have been intentionally used for centuries, the production and use of engineered nanoparticles has seen a recent spike, which makes environmental release almost certain. Therefore, recent efforts to characterize the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles have focused on the environmental implications, including exploration of toxicity to organisms from wide-ranging parts of the ecosystem food webs. Herein, we summarize the current understanding of toxicity of engineered nanoparticles to representatives of various trophic levels, including bacteria, plants, and multicellular aquatic/terrestrial organisms, to highlight important challenges within the field of econanotoxicity, challenges that analytical chemists are expertly poised to address.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3036-3049
Number of pages14
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 19 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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