The Environmental Impact of Nanotechnology



world is facing significant environmental challenges such as improving the quality of air, soil, and water. Currently, industry is focusing on detecting pollutants (from chemical spills, fertilizer and pesticide run-off), improving industrial and mining sites, treating contaminants and stopping further pollution.

A potential solution to these problems is to use nanomaterials. Nanomaterials can be used to assist with cleaning the environment and even provide efficient energy solutions, such as nanomaterial based solar cells. In addition to this, nanomaterials help to improve the quality and performance of many consumer products. As a result of this, the exposure to manufactured nanomaterials is increasing day-by-day. However, there are both positive and negative impacts on the environment due to nanotechnology.

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