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Health and Environmental Safety of Nanomaterials - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128205051

Health and Environmental Safety of Nanomaterials

2nd Edition

Polymer Nanocomposites and Other Materials Containing Nanoparticles

Editors: James Njuguna Krzysztof Pielichowski Huijun Zhu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128205051
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th July 2021
Page Count: 534
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Table of Contents

Part I General introduction
1. Nanomaterials, nanofillers, and nanocomposites: types and properties
J. NJUGUNA, Robert Gordon University, UK, F. ANSARI, Newcastle University, UK, S. SACHSE, H. ZHU and V.M. RODRIGUEZ, Cranfield University, UK
2. Mechanisms of nanomaterial toxicity
A. PIETROIUSTI, A. MAGRINI and L. CAMPAGNOLO, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Modelling of nanorisks

Part II Assessment of nanomaterial release and exposure
3. Nanoparticle exposure assessment: methods, sampling techniques, and data analysis
I.J. YU, Hoseo University, Korea, G. ICHIHARA, Nagoya University, Japan and K. AHN, Hanyang University, Korea
4. Sampling protocols for testing the safety of polymer nanocomposites
M. BLÁZQUEZ SÁNCHEZ, Inkoa Sistemas, Spain
5. Measurement and sampling techniques for characterization of airborne nanoparticles released from nano-enhanced products
J. NJUGUNA, Robert Gordon University, UK, and S. SACHSE, Cranfield University, UK
Biophysical interactions of nanoparticles with human body

6. Life cycle assessment of engineered nanomaterials
S. GAVANKAR, S. SUH and A.A. KELLER, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Safety measures at work with nanomaterials

Part III Safety of particular types of nanomaterial
7. Nanolayered silicates/clay minerals: uses and effects on health
H. ZHU, Cranfield University, UK and J. NJUGUNA, Robert Gordon University, UK, formerly Cranfield University, UK
8. Carbon nanotubes: properties, applications, and toxicity
M. GHIAZZA, University of Torino, Italy, G. VIETTI, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and I. FENOGLIO, University of Torino, Italy
9. Ecotoxicological effects of carbon nanotubes: Test methods and current research
E.J. PETERSEN, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Health and environmental effects of graphene
10. Metal oxide nanomaterials: health and environmental effects
J.E. CAÑAS-CARRELL, S. LI, A.M. PARRA and B. SHRESTHA, Texas Tech University, USA
11. Safe recycling of materials containing persistent inorganic and carbon nanoparticles
L. REIJNDERS, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
12. Nanostructured flame retardants: performance, toxicity, and environmental impact
K. PIELICHOWSKI and S. MICHAŁOWSKI, Cracow University of Technology, Poland
13. Thermal degradation, flammability, and potential toxicity of polymer nanocomposites
J.-M. LOPEZ-CUESTA and C. LONGUET, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, C2MA, France and C. CHIVAS-JOLY, LNE, France


Health and Environmental Safety of Nanomaterials: Polymer Nanocomposites and other Materials Containing Nanoparticles, Second Edition updates on new developments in the field of nanomaterials safety, both at release and exposure. The book covers the advanced modeling approaches that are helping to elucidate nano-risks by addressing (quantitative) structure-activity relationships, the modeling of the interaction of nanoparticles with biological (macro) molecules, biochemical pathways and systems and/or the analysis of biomolecular signatures and the development of biomarkers suitable to characterize the impact of engineered nanoparticles.

As numerous studies have been dedicated to the biophysical interactions of nanoparticles with the human body at the organ, cellular and molecular levels, this book helps readers understand where the research stands with regard to safety and environmental aspects.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the health and safety of polymer nanocomposites and other materials containing nanoparticles
  • Discusses the fundamental nature of various biophysical interactions of nanoparticles with the human body
  • Looks at the physico-chemistry of nanoparticles and their uptake, translocation, transformation, transport and bio-distribution in mammalian and plant systems and medical and environmental implications
  • Focuses on the structure-activity relationships and modeling of the interaction of nanoparticles with biological molecules, biochemical pathways and systems


Academic and industrial researchers working in materials science who want to know more about the safety of nanomaterials, and regulators


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About the Editors

James Njuguna

Prof. James Njuguna is the Academic Strategic Lead (Research) in Composite Materials at Robert Gordon University. He holds both PhD and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from City, University of University. Dr. Njuguna is a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is a former Marie Curie Fellow and Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK) Fellow. He has held various academic positions at Cracow University of Technology (Poland) and Cranfield University (UK). His research interests are focused on polymer (nano)composites – their fabrication, characterisation of thermal and mechanical properties, and safe disposal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Academic Strategic Lead (Research) in Composite Materials, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

Krzysztof Pielichowski

Professor Krzysztof Pielichowski, head of Department of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Cracow University of Technology, is an expert in polymer (nano)technology and chemistry, particularly in the areas of polymer nanocomposites with engineering polymers and hybrid organic-inorganic materials containing POSS. Prof. Pielichowski is currently performing a research programme in the area of preparation of engineering polymer nanocomposites with improved thermal and mechanical properties for construction applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Head of Department of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Huijun Zhu

Dr Huijun Zhu is a Senior Toxicologist at Cranfield University, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cranfield University, UK