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Opportunities and risks of nanomaterials (NRP 64)

Opportunities and risks for human health and the environment in relation to the manufacture, use and disposal of synthetic nanomaterials need to be better understood.

The Swiss National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) hopes to be able to bridge the gaps in our current knowledge on nanomaterials.

Publication charges for this collection were funded by the Swiss National Science
Foundation. Articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process.

  1. LiCoO2 is one of the most used cathode materials in Li-ion batteries. Its conventional synthesis requires high temperature (>800 °C) and long heating time (>24 h) to obtain the micronscale rhombohedral layered hi...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Brog, Aurélien Crochet, Joël Seydoux, Martin J. D. Clift, Benoît Baichette, Sivarajakumar Maharajan, Hana Barosova, Pierre Brodard, Mariana Spodaryk, Andreas Züttel, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Nam Hee Kwon and Katharina M. Fromm
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:58
  2. Nanomedicine offers a promising tool for therapies of brain diseases, but potential effects on neuronal health and neuronal differentiation need to be investigated to assess potential risks. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Angélique D. Ducray, Andrea Felser, Jana Zielinski, Aniela Bittner, Julia V. Bürgi, Jean-Marc Nuoffer, Martin Frenz and Meike Mevissen
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:49
  3. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are key drivers for the development of highly sophisticated new technologies. As all new attainments, the rapidly increasing used of ENMs raise concerns about their safety for t...

    Authors: Christian Santschi, Nadia Von Moos, Volodymyr B. Koman, Vera I. Slaveykova, Paul Bowen and Olivier J. F. Martin
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:19
  4. Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are widely applied and can, upon use, be released into the aquatic environment. This raises concerns about potential impacts of AgNP on aquatic organisms. We here present a side by ...

    Authors: Yang Yue, Xiaomei Li, Laura Sigg, Marc J-F Suter, Smitha Pillai, Renata Behra and Kristin Schirmer
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:16
  5. Composite materials with fibrous reinforcement often provide superior mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties than the matrix. Asbestos, carbon fibers and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been widel...

    Authors: Jing Wang, Lukas Schlagenhauf and Ari Setyan
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:15
  6. Engineered nanoparticles (NPs) offer site-specific delivery, deposition and cellular uptake due to their unique physicochemical properties and were shown to modulate immune responses. The respiratory tract wit...

    Authors: Fabian Blank, Kleanthis Fytianos, Emilie Seydoux, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Alke Petri-Fink, Christophe von Garnier and Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2017 15:6
  7. Several forms of nanocellulose, notably cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrillated cellulose, exhibit attractive property matrices and are potentially useful for a large number of industrial applications. Thes...

    Authors: C. Endes, S. Camarero-Espinosa, S. Mueller, E. J. Foster, A. Petri-Fink, B. Rothen-Rutishauser, C. Weder and M. J. D. Clift
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:78
  8. We investigated the particles released due to abrasion of wood surfaces pressure-treated with micronized copper azole (MCA) wood preservative and we gathered preliminary data on its in vitro cytotoxicity for l...

    Authors: Chiara Civardi, Lukas Schlagenhauf, Jean-Pierre Kaiser, Cordula Hirsch, Claudio Mucchino, Adrian Wichser, Peter Wick and Francis W. M. R. Schwarze
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:77
  9. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) as promising alternative to conventional cancer treatments works by irradiation of a photosensitizer (PS) with light, which creates reactive oxygen species and singlet oxygen (1O2), tha...

    Authors: Doris Hinger, Susanna Gräfe, Fabrice Navarro, Bernhard Spingler, Devaraj Pandiarajan, Heinrich Walt, Anne-Claude Couffin and Caroline Maake
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:71
  10. Photosensitizers are used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) to destruct tumor cells, however, their limited solubility and specificity hampers routine use, which may be overcome by encapsulation. Several promising...

    Authors: Doris Hinger, Fabrice Navarro, Andres Käch, Jean-Sébastien Thomann, Frédérique Mittler, Anne-Claude Couffin and Caroline Maake
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:68
  11. Agricultural soils represent a potential sink for increasing amounts of different nanomaterials that nowadays inevitably enter the environment. Knowledge on the relation between their actual exposure concentra...

    Authors: Alexander Gogos, Janine Moll, Florian Klingenfuss, Marcel van der Heijden, Fahmida Irin, Micah J. Green, Renato Zenobi and Thomas D. Bucheli
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:40
  12. Nanoparticles are produced and used worldwide and are released to the environment, e.g., into soil systems. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs), carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and cerium dioxide (CeO2) NPs are a...

    Authors: Janine Moll, Alexander Gogos, Thomas D. Bucheli, Franco Widmer and Marcel G. A. van der Heijden
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016 14:36
  13. The use of gold nanoparticles (Au-NP) based medical applications is rising due to their unique physical and chemical properties. Diagnostic devices based on Au-NP are already available in the market or are in ...

    Authors: Indrani Mahapatra, Tian Yin Sun, Julian R. A. Clark, Peter J. Dobson, Konrad Hungerbuehler, Richard Owen, Bernd Nowack and Jamie Lead
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2015 13:93
  14. Recent studies report promising results regarding extracorporeal magnetic separation-based blood purification for the rapid and selective removal of disease-causing compounds from whole blood. High molecular w...

    Authors: I K Herrmann, A A Schlegel, R Graf, W J Stark and Beatrice Beck-Schimmer
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2015 13:49