Special Issue "Sustainability, Ecotoxicology and Biocompatibility of Engineered Nanostructures"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Biology and Medicines".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2024 | Viewed by 80

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alessio Adamiano
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Guest Editor
Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic, National Research Council, Faenza, Italy
Interests: nanotechnology; sustainability; eco-compatible nanomaterials; green nanomaterials; circular economy; eco-nano-toxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Engineered nanomaterials (NMs) comprise NMs that have undergone physical–chemical modification to fulfill a specific action for which none are naturally present in the environment. Nowadays, NMs are produced and deliberately introduced into the environment on a massive scale. This spotlights the need to study the effects of engineered NMs on organisms and ecosystems, as well as on the evaluation of the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes. In a few words, as NM production and use continues to expand on a global scale and become fundamental to the technological advancement of our society, it is time for nanomaterials to comply with sustainability requirements.

The sustainability of nanotechnology is mostly unexplored. Even though researchers working in this area have begun to debate this dimension, the field remains in its infancy. Many extant studies focus exclusively on the biological aspects linked to the concept of sustainability, while only few studies are dedicated to the quantification of the environmental performance of nanomaterials by measuring their carbon footprint, performing life cycle assessment, or assessing NM eco-toxicity to relevant indicator species.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the latest studies dedicated to the assessment of the sustainability, eco-toxicity and biocompatibility of NMs and of their production processes. Works related to the following research areas are welcome: (i) the production of new eco-compatible engineered NMs able to replace potentially harmful ones; (ii) NM production routes from circular economy sources; (iii) the evaluation of NM environmental footprint by LCA.

Dr. Alessio Adamiano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanotechnology
  • sustainability
  • eco-compatible nanomaterials
  • green nanomaterials
  • circular economy
  • eco-nano-toxicology

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