Current Pollution Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 4–7 | Cite as

Nanopollution in the Aquatic Environment and Ecotoxicity: No Nano Issue!

  • Jayanta Kumar BiswasEmail author
  • Dibyendu Sarkar
Invited Commentary

Nanotechnology: the New Revolution

Nanotechnology is the science and art of fabrication, manipulation, control, characterization, and use of smaller, faster, stronger and smart structures, devices, materials, or products with at least one dimension in the size range of 1–100 nm. It is regarded as one of the greatest human innovations, which has the potential to transform life and solve problems. The underlying truth behind the marvel of “novel and unique” physical properties is the science that as objects get smaller, they have higher surface area to volume ratio and greater interfacial nature. As a rapidly expanding and progressive field of research, nanotechnology has carved a promising niche in yielding a vast array of commercially available nanomaterials (NMs)/nanoproducts (NPs). NMs are defined as materials with at least one dimension between 1 and 100 nm. They can be carbon-based such as carbon spheres (e.g., fullerenes), carbon nanotubes, metal-based NPs, composite NMs or...


Nanomaterials Nanopollution Nano-eco-bio interactions Ecotoxicity Ecological risk 


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Conflict of Interest

Jayanta Kumar Biswas declares no potential conflicts of interest.

Dibyendu Sarkar is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Pollution Reports.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Enviromicrobiology, Ecotoxicology and Ecotechnology Research Laboratory, Department of Ecological Studies and International Centre for Ecological EngineeringUniversity of KalyaniKalyaniIndia
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean EngineeringStevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA

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