Safety implications of nanoparticles
by Salaheddine Bendak
International Journal of Nanoparticles (IJNP), Vol. 2, No. 1/2/3/4/5/6, 2009

Abstract: Nanoparticles are characterised with their near atomic scales, usually between 1 nanometer and 100 nanometers. These particles have recently gained popularity due to their huge surface area that has the potential to alter the behaviour of individual molecules. Nanotechnology is concerned with manipulating matter to a nanoscale and has great commercial potential. Nanoparticles' extremely small size makes them much easier to penetrate into human body and, possibly, cause adverse effects on health. This paper aims at determining what is known about the state of safety of nanoparticles through an extensive literature review. In light of this review, a framework for future research to ascertain the safe use of nanoparticles is suggested.

Online publication date: Wed, 30-Sep-2009

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