Nanomaterials: Toxicity, Risk Managment and Public Perception

  • Bushra JamilEmail author
  • Rabia Javed
  • Asma Saleem Qazi
  • Muhammad Ali Syed


It is believed that the future of medicine lies in nanotechnology where the medicines would be tailor-made according to the requirement of the individual. With the amassed recognition of the potential of nanomaterials they are not only used in medicines but in many other consumer products. Nanomaterials exists in nature everywhere and many others are engineered. Because of the omnipresence of these nanoparticles human beings are blatantly exposed to them. Nevertheless, our knowledge about health and environmental risks of these engineered nanomaterials still remains limited and largely incomplete. Many studies confer their toxicity in animal models where they can lead to teratogenicity, genotoxicity and also defects in organs like liver, lungs, kidneys and immune system. However, the toxic responses depends upon many variables including size, shape, charge, composition and surface area. Nanoparticles (NPs) of same compositions can diverge in term of toxicity by changing the size, shape and charge of NPs. Likewise the time of exposure also plays very vita role in toxicity. Many available studies provide incomplete information by conducting few in vitro analyses. However, the process is so intricate that the in vitro studies are not sufficient to provide enough information to elucidate the full toxic potential. Therefore, in vivo studies are pre-requisite. This chapter provides an insight from toxicologist`s perspective on the matter, outlining possible routes of uptake by humans, known or suspected toxic effects, and the possible practical implication for human health risk assessment and public perception.


Nano-toxicity Risk assessment Public perception Nano-particles 





Ultra Fine Particles


Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship


Lactate Dehydrogenase




Titanium Oxide


Tumor Necrosis Factor


Silicon Dioxide

Ni NPs

Nickel Nano-particles

Co NPs

Cobalt Nano-particles







Si NPs

Silicon Nano-particles


Phosphate-buffered Saline


Blood Brain Barrier


Central Nervous System


Food and Drug Administration


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bushra Jamil
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rabia Javed
    • 1
  • Asma Saleem Qazi
    • 1
  • Muhammad Ali Syed
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Bio-SciencesNational University of Medical SciencesThe Mall, RawalpindiPakistan
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of HaripurHaripurPakistan

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