Volume 90 Issue 18 | pp. 34-35 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 30, 2012

Toward a Predictive Model For Nanoparticle Toxicity

Researchers link semiconductor particles’ electronic properties to their tendency to cause inflammation
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE, Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: nanoparticles, metal oxides, toxicology, inflammation, semiconductors

Researchers report the first model to predict nanoparticle toxicity based on the materials’ water solubility and electronic properties (ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn3010087). Metal oxide nanoparticles are semiconducting materials that drive oxidation and reduction reactions in devices such as fuel cells and electronics. Andre E. Nel of the University of California, Los Angeles, . . .

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