New models will help nanotechnology deliver benefits without hidden costs
Nanotechnology is based on harnessing the amazing and unique properties some materials can exhibit when they are present as incredibly small constituents, properties that are not seen when these materials are in bulk form. However, the very small dimensions of nanomaterials enable them to cross important barriers in living organisms, raising issues about where they go, how long they stay there, what happens to them over time and what effects they might have. The EU-funded NanoQSAR project is filling an important gap in the effective risk assessment of nanomaterials. The development of advanced quantitative structure–activity relationship models will facilitate the prediction of the physicochemical, biological and environmental fate properties of engineered nanomaterials, significantly enhancing the field of nanotoxicology and human and environmental safety.
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