Research on nanosafety is a driver of innovation as the spotlight in July has demonstrated. But furthermore, this research field is built on routine as well if researchers look for the “needle in the haystack”. In many areas the safety research initiates the development of new methods, e.g. for the determination of nanoparticles within exposed organisms via the high-resolution analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (HRSTEM) or helps with the establishment of reliable test guidelines. This and many more topics on body barriers or the immune system are combined in this cross cutting issue about “Future Nanosafety” by Krug and Krägeloh (2020).
This special issue on “Future Nanosafety” sketches organ specific effects of nanomaterials, demonstrates examples for new applications and offers new insights into biological mechanisms affected by nanomaterials. This collection of 17 scientific articles from important labs all over the world presents not only operation procedures for future test methods but includes also alternatives for animal testing or safe-by-design processes and introduces new detection methods for nanoparticles in the body or in consumer products.
Harald Krug and Annette Kraegeloh (2020), Future Nanosafety. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2020, 33, 5, 1037–1038. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00166
Spotlight February 2021: Nanoobjects in the COVID-vaccine – scientifically correct?
The COVID-19 pandemic induces very different reactions of people on the internet (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7002e1.htm) and in the social networks. Without following the conspiracy theories as “5G nanochip hidden in COVID vaccines” some news as “COVID vaccines induce allergic reactions” should be scientifically recognised. The picture from the 5G-nanochip whose plan goes viral on the internet is […]Read more
Spotlight September 2020: Groundwater remediation with Carbo-Iron® – Risk or Benefit?
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. Groundwater is indispensable for the […]Read more
Spotlight November 2020: Nanotechnology in the public perception
In November, we would like to draw your attention to a publication that examines public perception of the safety of nanomaterials in Austria.It shows, that although there is generally a rather positive attitude towards nanomaterials, there are different opinions on safety issues from different social groups. Further clarification seems necessary. Despite the widespread use of […]Read more
Spotlight August 2020: The nanoGRAVUR Grouping approach
In August, we would like to present a paper of the German BMBF project nanoGRAVUR. nanoGRAVUR dealt from 2015-2018 with the grouping of nanostructured materials with regard to occupational safety, consumer and environmental protection and risk mitigation. The approach is now described by the project partners in this paper.Due to the variety of synthetic nanomaterials and the numerous modifications (differences in size, shape, chemical composition and surface functionalization), the effort required to investigate effects and behaviour within the framework of regulatory requirements is…Read more