Good news for the environment: Researchers optimistic about study into effect of nanoparticles

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have secured £3 million to study the effects of nanoparticles on the environment for research that could have a positive impact on our environment.

The project will focus on silver nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes that are used in a wide range of consumer products such as clothing, cosmetics and tennis racquets.

They are pollutants of current concern, as they may contaminate the natural environment and water treatment systems. Their environmental pathways – the way they are transported to the sewerage treatment system, into soil, surface waters and sediments  -will be investigated, as will their toxicity and absorption into a range of organisms such as bacteria, algae, invertebrates and fish.

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