Advertisement

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
  • 13 Downloads

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...

Keywords

Nanomaterials Nanopollution Nano-eco-bio interactions Ecotoxicity Ecological risk 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

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.

References

  1. 1.
    Broomfield M, Hansen SF, Pelsy F. Support for 3rd regulatory review on nanomaterials - environmental legislation: Project report. European Commission. 2016.  https://doi.org/10.2779/49879.
  2. 2.
    Giese B, Klaessig F, Park B, Kaegi R, Steinfeldt M, Wigger H, von Gleich A, Gottschalk F. Risks, release and concentrations of engineered nanomaterial in the environment. Sci Rep. 2018;8:1565. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-19275-4.
  3. 3.
    Gao Y, Yang T, Jin J. Nanoparticle pollution and associated increasing potential risks on environment and human health: a case study of China. Environ Sci Pollut Res. 2015;22:19297–306.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Peijnenburg WJGM, Baalousha M, Chen J, Chaudry Q, Von der kammer F, Kuhlbusch TAJ, et al. A review of the properties and processes determining the fate of engineered nanomaterials in the aquatic environment. Crit Rev Environ Sci Technol. 2015;45(19):2084–134.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hou J, Wang X, Hayat T, Wang X. Ecotoxicological effects and mechanism of CuO nanoparticles to individual organism. Environ Pollut. 2016;221:209–17.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.11.066.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Selck H, Handy RD, Fernandes TF, Klaine SJ, Petersen EJ. Nanomaterials in the aquatic environment: a European Union–United States perspective on the status of ecotoxicity testing, research priorities, and challenges ahead. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2016;35(5):1055–67.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Skjolding LM, Sørensen SN, Hartmann NB, Hjorth R, Hansen SF, Baun A. A critical review of aquatic ecotoxicity testing of nanoparticles -the quest for disclosing nanoparticle effects. Angew Chem Int Ed. 2016;55:15224–39.  https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201604964.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Lei C, Zhang L, Yang K, Zhu L, Lin D. Toxicity of iron-based nanoparticles to green algae: effects of particle size, crystal phase, oxidation state and environmental aging. Environ Pollut. 2016;218:505–12.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2016.07.030.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Meesters JAJ, Veltman K, Hendriks AJ, van de Meent D. Environmental exposure assessment of engineered nanoparticles: why REACH needs adjustment. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2013;9(3):15–26.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Miao AJ, Zhang XY, Luo Z, Chen CS, Chin WC, Santschi PH, et al. Zinc oxide-engineered nanoparticles: dissolution and toxicity to marine phytoplankton. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2010;29:2814–22.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Wang D, Lin Z, Wang T, Yao Z, Qin M, Zheng S, Lu W. Where does the toxicityof metal oxide nanoparticles come from: the nanoparticles, the ions, or a combination of both? J Hazard Mater. 2016;308:328–34.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Panzarini E, Mariano S, Carata E, Mura F, Rossi M, Dini L. Intracellular transport of silver and gold nanoparticles and biological responses: an update. Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19(5):1305.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19051305.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Frenk S, Ben-Moshe T, Dror I, Berkowitz B, Minz D. Effect of metal oxide nanoparticles on microbial community structure and function in two different soil types. PLoS One. 2013;8:e84441.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084441.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Sukhanova A, Bozrova S, Sokolov P, Berestovoy M, Karaulov A, Nabiev I. Dependence of nanoparticle toxicity on their physical and chemical properties. Nanoscale Res Lett. 2018;13(1):44.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11671-018-2457-x. CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Nel A, Xia T, Mädler L, Li N. Toxic potential of materials at the nanolevel. Science. 2006;311:622–7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Nel AE, Mädler L, Velegol D, Xia T, Hoek EMV, Somasundaran P, et al. Understanding biophysicochemical interactions at the nano-bio interface. Nat Mater. 2009;8:543–57.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    He X, Aker WG, Fub PP, Hwang H-M. Toxicity of engineered metal oxide nanomaterials mediated by nano–bio–eco–interactions: a review and perspective. Environ Sci: Nano. 2015;2:564–82.  https://doi.org/10.1039/c5en00094g.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Dayem AA, Hossain MK, Lee SB, Kim K, Saha SK, Yang G-M, et al. The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the biological activities of metallic nanoparticles. Int J Mol Sci. 2017;18:120.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18010120.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    van Pomeren M, Peijnenburg WJGM, Brun NR, Vijver MG. A novel experimental and modelling strategy for nanoparticle toxicity testing enabling the use of small quantities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14:1348.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14111348.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Naasz S, Altenburger R, Kühnel D. Environmental mixtures of nanomaterials and chemicals: the Trojan-horse phenomenon and its relevance for ecotoxicity. Sci Total Environ. 2018;635:1170–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 21.
    Rai M, Biswas JK. Nanomaterials: ecotoxicity, safety, and public perception. Switzerland: Springer Nature; 2018. 370pGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Batley GE, Kirby JK, McLaughlin MJ. Fate and risks of nanomaterials in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Acc Chem Res. 2013;46(3):854–62.  https://doi.org/10.1021/ar2003368.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

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

Personalised recommendations