Potential Environmental Effects of Engineered Antimicrobial Surfaces

Part of the Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials book series (MHFNN)


There has been a significant development of nanotechnology and growing interest in the application of engineered antimicrobial surfaces (EAS) in several products over the last decade. Their regular use in number of consumer products has been linked with increased concern for human and environmental health due to the potential toxicological implications of the mostly widely used engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), which is found to have an important role in fabrication of EAS. However, the release of ENPs could cause adverse effect on the environment as well as clinical implications. Despite receiving much attention in research field in recent years, there is still considerable challenge in the analytical procedures, and evaluation of toxicity of ENPs. In this context, the book chapter highlights various types of ENPs exploited commonly for EAS and its harmful effects.



KS is thankful for Senior Research Fellowship and funds from ICMR. JS, BNK and KSP are greatful to Department of Biotechnology (DBTBT/PR21309/MED/32/557/2016) and Department of Science and Technology (DST-SERB- CRG/2018/00033), Govt. of India for funding, ABA is indebted to ICMR extramural grant (Leptos/15/2013-ECD-I).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanomaterial Research Laboratory (NMRL), Nano DivisionYenepoya Research Centre, Yenepoya (Deemed to Be University)Deralakatte, MangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Yenepoya Research Centre, Yenepoya (Deemed to Be University)Deralakatte, MangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyYenepoya (Deemed to Be University)MangaloreIndia
  4. 4.Centre for Nutrition Studies, Yenepoya (Deemed to Be University)Deralakatte, MangaloreIndia

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