Environmental considerations and current status of grouping and regulation of engineered nanomaterials

Harald R. Tschiche, Frank S. Bierkandt, Otto Creutzenberg, Valerie Fessard, Roland Franz, Bernd Giese, Ralf Greiner, Karl‑Heinz H. Haas, Andrea Haase, Andrea Hartwig, Kerstin Hund‑Rinke, Pauline Iden, Charlotte Kromer, Katrin Loeschner, Diana Mutz, Anastasia Rakow, Kirsten Rasmussen, Hubert Rauscher, Hannes Richter, Janosch SchoonOtmar Schmid, Claudia Som, Günter E. Günter, Paul Westerhoff, Wendel Wohlleben, Andreas Luch, Peter Laux

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This article reviews the current status of nanotechnology with emphasis on application and related environmental considerations as well as legislation. Application and analysis of nanomaterials in infrastructure (construction, building coatings, and water treatment) is discussed, and in particular nanomaterial release during the lifecycle of these applications. Moreover, possible grouping approaches with regard to ecotoxicological and toxicological properties, and the fate of nanomaterials in the environment are evaluated. In terms of potential exposure, the opportunities that arise from leveraging advances in several key areas, such as water treatment and construction are addressed. Additionally, this review describes challenges with regard to the European Commission's definition of ‘nanomaterial’. The revised REACH information requirements, intended to enable a comprehensive risk assessment of nanomaterials, are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100707
JournalEnvironmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring and Management
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Engineered Nanomaterials
  • Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Grouping
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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