Status of study on biological and toxicological effects of nanoscale materials

Bing Wang, Weiyue Feng, Yuliang Zhao, Gengmei Xing, Zhifang Chai, Haifang Wang, Guang Jia

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Because the physical and chemical properties of nanosized materials mostly differ from the existing microsized materials, their potential impacts on human health and the environment will be topics under the serious discussions in press and in a number of international scientific journals. We analyze and summarize the existing data of the experimental study on the biological activities and adverse effects of nanoscale materials/particles including single wall carbon nanotubes, multi wall carbon nanotubes, titanium oxide and iron powders. Though some biological behaviors of nanoscale materials observed cannot be understood on the basis of the current knowledge, as the existing data are mostly preliminary, it is too early to make some exclusive conclusions on biological activities (or the toxicity) of any of nanoscale materials. The experimental techniques, the current topics, and the future research directions for this new research field are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalScience in China, Series B: Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Biological activity and toxicological effect
  • Multi wall carbon nanotubes
  • Nanomaterials
  • Single wall carbon nanotubes
  • Titanium oxide and iron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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