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Nano-Toxicology in Engineering: Health Risk of Nano-Materials in Built Environment

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This paper aims to introduce the nano-toxicology in engineering and built environment, serving as a health implication for the myriad potentials and opportunities in the development of advanced nano-materials in building and construction. Beyond the excitement on the prospects envisaged by the emerging field, looking for answers to uncertainty on health impacts associated with industrially manmade nano-materials in the early stages of development is particularly an important research focus. While exploiting the positive aspects of engineered Nano-products, the resolution in mitigating their potential toxic effects is best be accomplished through a multidisciplinary team effort in all realms. Through a critical review of the current toxic nano-products applied in the built environment, finding indicates that the emerging nano-toxicology is not only relevant to address the potential hazard burdens of nanomaterial but also help to support the research into safe design, production, use and disposal practices that enhance the sustainability of both the nanotechnology and construction industry.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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  • ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS is an international peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates research activities in all areas of (1) Physical Sciences, (2) Biological Sciences, (3) Mathematical Sciences, (4) Engineering, (5) Computer and Information Sciences, and (6) Geosciences to publish original short communications, full research papers and timely brief (mini) reviews with authors photo and biography encompassing the basic and applied research and current developments in educational aspects of these scientific areas.
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