Survey on basic knowledge about exposure and potential environmental and health risks for selected nanomaterials

Sonja Hagen Mikkelsen, Erik Hansen, Trine Boe Christensen, Anders Baun, Steffen Foss Hansen, Mona-Lise Binderup

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Abstract

Based on a literature review this report provides a general description as well as an environmental and health profile of 7 nanomaterials. The examined nanomaterials are selected because of expected high use or specific environmental and health properties. Fullerenes, iron, silver, nanoclay and titanium-, cerium-, and silicondioxides were studied in the project. Based on current uses, it is concluded that current applications of nano-iron and nanoclay can not cause unexpected “nano-associated” health or environmental problems. Although no specific risk associated with current uses of any of the 7 other nanomaterials were identified, there are areas where there may be reason for attention and thus need for more knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDanish Ministry of the Environment
Number of pages136
ISBN (Print)978-87-92779-09-0
Publication statusPublished - 2011
SeriesEnvironmental Project
Number1370 2011

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