Impacts and Physico-Chemical Behavior of Inorganic Nanoparticles in the Environment

  • Auffan Melanie
  • Rose Jerome
  • Masion Armand
  • Labille Jerome
  • Chaneac Corinne
  • Mark R. Wiesner
  • Bottero Jean-Yves


The specific properties of engineered nanoparticles have been used in many fields (e.g., medicine, cosmetic, electronics, catalysis, and environment). Their increased production and use come along with questions about their environmental and human health impacts. Rather than doing case-by-case studies, our vision is to extract general principles from environmental pertinent examples that determine nanoparticles behavior and biological effects. In this chapter, we will discuss the case of TiO2 (used as additive in sunscreen) in terms of environmental degradation of nanoTiO2-based formulations, reactive oxygen species generation, colloidal stability in the water column, transport in porous media, and also ecotoxicological impacts.


Porous Medium TiO2 Nanoparticles Cerium Dioxide Physicochemical Behavior Critical Coagulation Concentration 
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The authors would like to thank the CNRS and CEA for funding the International Consortium for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology and also the NSF and the US-EPA for funding the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology. They also acknowledge financial support from the French National Agency (ANR) in the frame of the P2N/MESONNET project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Auffan Melanie
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rose Jerome
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Masion Armand
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Labille Jerome
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Chaneac Corinne
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mark R. Wiesner
    • 3
    • 5
  • Bottero Jean-Yves
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Aix-Marseille UniversityAix en ProvenceFrance
  2. 2.CNRSAix en ProvenceFrance
  3. 3.International Consortium for the Environmental Implications of NanotechnologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Laboratoire de chimie de la matière condenséeParisFrance
  5. 5.Center for the Environmental Implications of NanotechnologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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