Health Benefits and Potential Risks of Nanostructured Materials

  • Sidhartha Singh
  • Sandeep Kumar
  • Vinod Kumar Yata
Part of the Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World book series (ECSW, volume 21)


Nano structured materials (NSM) of carbon, lipid, metals, in particular silver and goldnano structured materials are being used for killing of undesired microorganism. Magnetic iron oxide nano structured materials finds it application in multiple fields ranging from diagnosis to treatment of diseases. Nano structured materials are being used in bio imaging, protein delivery, gene delivery, drug delivery, sunscreens, candies, beauty care products. Preparation of these nanoparticles does not involve generalized method but different types of materials are synthesized by different strategies to achieve nanoscale dimension, so their range of effect will also vary depending upon the material and strategy involved. In recent years, nano structured materials and its effect on human health has become a debatable issue as no one has conducted a large scale study of toxicity caused by nano structured materials.

This book chapter reviews and updates data on wide range of nano structured materials. Coverage of each nanomaterial included its importance, studies showing associated health benefits and risks. This collective information gives the conclusive idea that most nano structured materials have the toxicity issues with one or more cell lines or organism though very few are lethal at very low concentration, so their wide spread exposure to human being should be done after solving the toxicity issues or with wise approach.


Nano particles Toxicity Carbon based nanoparticles Metal nanoparticles Quantum dots Nanocrystals Nanobiomaterials Dendimers Lipid nanoparticles In vitro studies 


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  • Sidhartha Singh
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  • Vinod Kumar Yata
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  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyDr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology JalandharJalandharIndia

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