About this Research Topic
Nanotechnology, defined as the design, characterization, production of devices and systems controlled by controlled manipulation of size and shape at the nanometer scale, is now applied by many industries. This has resulted in the production of a wide range of nanomaterial-containing products, such as electronic components, cosmetics, medicines, vehicles, and home appliances. The possibility may therefore exist of the release of nanomaterials from these products throughout their life cycle, including the manufacturing, consumer use, and disposal stages, thereby involving potential exposure to workers, consumers, and the environment. Exposure assessment of nanomaterials presents a unique challenge in the field of occupational health, compared to exposure assessment of non-nano scale particles, as it may require distinct nanoparticle sampling and exposure assessment methodologies. The current emergence of advanced materials and micro/nano plastics may also present similar challenges as seen in nanomaterials.
This Research Topic aims to provide a platform for discussing the recent developments on exposure assessment methods, sampling techniques, and data analysis of nanomaterial, advanced materials, and micro/nano plastics. In addition, this collection is an opportunity to present up-to-date advancements in biological monitoring in relation to exposure to these materials.
This Research Topic welcomes submissions of original research, reviews, and meta-analysis papers, among other article types, regarding occupational exposure to nanomaterials, advanced materials, and micro/nano plastics. Potential subtopics may include, but are not limited to:
- Exposure assessment of workplace handling these materials.
- Exposure assessment methods for occupational exposure.
- New methods or standard development.
- Sampling techniques for the nanomaterials, advanced materials, and micro/nano plastics.
- Data analysis.
- Biomonitoring in relation to exposure to these materials.
- Implementation of workplace measures to reduce exposure to these materials.
- Regional or international strategies reducing exposure to these materials.
- In silico modeling approaches to predict exposure in occupational settings.
Keywords: Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles, Advanced materials, Nanoplastics, Exposure assessment
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