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Only a few animal studies concerning the toxicity of indium tin oxide (ITO) have been performed with hamsters. ITO particles with a mean count diameter of 950 nm (!!!) have been intratracheally instilled into the lung.


Both studies report lung injury after treatment, culminating in neoplastic transformations. Furthermore increased indium levels in the serum of the animals could be detected. A third study, again performed with hamsters, investigated the influence of ITO particles on the testis. Only minor effects on seminiferous tubules could be detected while the reproductive capacity of the hamsters was not affected. In general the observed effects of ITO were less severe than those reported for other indium compounds such as Indium Arsenic (InAs) or Indium Phosphide (InP).



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  2. Omura, M et al. (2002), J Occup Health, 44(2): 105-107.
  3. Tanaka, A et al. (2010), J Occup Health, 52(1): 14-22.

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In September we would like to present a paper of the BMBF project Fe-Nanosit. The project dealt with the use of iron-containing nanomaterials in groundwater and wastewater remediation. A comprehensive assessment and weighing of benefits and possible environmental risks resulting from the application is now presented by the project partners in this paper.





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