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1st Edition

Nanotechnology and Human Health

ISBN 9780849381447
Published August 13, 2013 by CRC Press
376 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Addressing medium- and long-term expectations for human health, this book reviews current scientific and technical developments in nanotechnology for biomedical, agrofood, and environmental applications. This collection of perspectives on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of bionanotechnology provides unique insight into contemporary technological developments. Readers with a technical background will benefit from the overview of the state-of-the-art research in their field, while readers with a social science background will benefit from the discussion of realistic prospects of nanotechnology. The text also includes a glossary as well as extensive end-of-chapter references.


Table of Contents

Introduction, Ineke Malsch

Nanoengineering Overview
Nanomaterial Characterization and Metrology, Asmus Meyer-Plath and Florian F. Schweinberger

Biomedical Nanotechnology Overview
Nanoparticles: New Medical Potential—Today and Tomorrow, Tamar Chachibaia
Nanomaterials for Bone Reconstructive Composites, M. van der Zande, B. C. Chesnutt, X. F. Walboomers, and J. A. Jansen

Nanotechnology and Agrifood and Water
Nanotechnologies in Agrofood and Water, Frans W. H. Kampers
Nanofoods: Environmental, Health, and Socioeconomic Risks or the Achilles’ Heel of Nanotechnologies? Simon Beaudoin, Louise Vandelac, and Christian Papilloud

Bionanotechnology and the Environment
Benefits of Nanotechnology for the Environment, Danail Hristozov

Nanotoxicology Overview and Problems
In Vitro Study for Nanomaterials, Seishiro Hirano and Karim Maghni
oxicokinetics and Interaction of Nanoparticles with Biological Matrices, Claude Emond
Environmental Fate and Ecotoxicology of Nanomaterials, Bernard Lachance, Mahsa Hamzeh, and Geoffrey I. Sunahara

Life Cycle Risks and Impacts of Nanotechnologies
Life Cycle Risks and Impacts of Nanotechnologies, Olivier Jolliet, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, and Alexis Laurent

Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Bionanotechnology
Anticipating Ethical Legal and Social Aspects of Emerging Technologies Gaps in Innovation Chain: The Case of Body Area Networks, Alireza Parandian
Capability Approach to Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development, Ineke Malsch
Conclusion, Claude Emond


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… Students and the public are not aware of the rapid speed at which the research in nanoscience moves from the lab into devices and materials for public consumption. Since this size of science involves the study and manipulation of atoms, it opens a window of nature that can improve our understanding of self-assembly and self-organization at the cellular level of all matter. Learning through biomimicry in all research areas can advance our knowledge base safely for enhancing and enabling materials and medical discoveries. I don't know if this book accurately describes this aspect. … The lack of education in nanoscience for K-12 and the lack of informal coverage by the news media has created gaps in our knowledge base as the technology advances rapidly in the public domain. The public will not be able to evaluate new medical advances or environmental technology, nor make informed decisions for medical procedures offered in the future until the knowledge base is expanded in all areas. … An Introduction to areas of research and development in the nanoscience fields that could become products for the public. Should stimulate a desire to learn more as the integrated fields of research develop products and procedures requiring consumers to expand their knowledge base to make informed decisions.
––Judith Light Feather, President, The NanoTechnology Group Inc., Nacogdoches, TX


"The book gives a good overview of both central areas within nanotechnology and important ethical discussions. It is a particular strength of the book that it continually balances the potential benefits and risks of nanotechnological advances. … The book is a good introduction to nanotechnology and its societal and ethical implications. It will serve as an excellent resource for courses on nanotechnology and ethics – and for researchers looking for an overview of the field."
––Ulrik Becker Nissen, Center for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Aarhus University, Aarhus University, Denmark