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Nano-Safety Research Group

Specialists in the assessment of nanomaterial toxicity to human health and the environment


Ecotox testing using algaeThe Nano-Safety Reserach Group at Heriot Watt university conducts research to evaluate the hazards posed by nanomaterials to the environment. More specifically, our research evaluates the fate of nanomaterials in the environment and the impact of different nanomaterials on environmental target species such as microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), plants (e.g. algae), invertebrates (e.g. shrimp, mussels, worms) that live in water, sediments and soil, as well as fish. Specifically, we focus on:    

  • Identification of the characteristics of nanomaterials that might be responsible for making them hazardous.
  • Evaluating the suitability of using existing testing guidelines to the assessment of the ecotoxicology of nanomaterials
  • Determining the mechanisms by which nanomaterials elicit toxicity.

The Nano-Safety Research Group also specialises in the assessment of the impact of nanomaterials on human health.


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