The Toxicity of Nanoparticles to Algae

  • Yulin TangEmail author
  • Huaijia Xin
  • Tyler Malkoske
  • Daqiang Yin
Part of the Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicology book series (NANOMED)


Nanoparticles (NPs) display unique physical and chemical properties to the toxicity of algae. Among the NPs, metal oxide NPs such as titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2), zinc oxide (ZnO NPs), and copper oxide (CuO NPs) are the most used nanomaterials. Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), and zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI) have received considerable attention among noble metal materials. Besides, Quantum dots (QDs) and carbon-based nanoparticles are also common. To assess the ecological response of algae to NPs, we provide an overview of NPs ecotoxicological effects on algae from existing data and focus on the effect of different NPs on algae, the underlying mechanisms of NPs toxicity and their toxic effects on algae. Among the data available, NPs have been shown to exert from inhibitive to lethal effects on algae due to a high surface area, nanoscale size effects, and quantum effects.


Algae Toxicity Nanoparticles Mechanisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yulin Tang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Huaijia Xin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tyler Malkoske
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daqiang Yin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Yangtze River Water EnvironmentMinistry of EducationShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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