The potential environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials

Nat Biotechnol. 2003 Oct;21(10):1166-70. doi: 10.1038/nbt875.


With the increased presence of nanomaterials in commercial products, a growing public debate is emerging on whether the environmental and social costs of nanotechnology outweigh its many benefits. To date, few studies have investigated the toxicological and environmental effects of direct and indirect exposure to nanomaterials and no clear guidelines exist to quantify these effects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Environment*
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
  • Manufactured Materials / analysis*
  • Nanotechnology*
  • Nanotubes*
  • Occupational Exposure / analysis
  • Risk Assessment / methods*


  • Environmental Pollutants