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Health Safety and Environment Aspect of Nanotechnology

Written by: Muhammad Mushtaq Mangat

'Health Safety and Environment Aspect of Nanotechnology and Technical Textiles'


Source: Textile Review


Application of nano-materials in various fields is
a solid proof of its acceptance. Technical textile is one of the areas which are highly relying on nanotechnologies. Keeping in view its demand it is expected that by 2015, its world market size will be more than one Trillion US $. There are a number of nanomaterials available in market to serve different purposes. These nanomaterials are giving excellent results in various fields, which include, medicine, textile, paint, packing, paints, reinforced material, etc.


Nanotechnology is an emerging field which is producing much attractive and long desired result. It exploits distinctive properties of tiny matter, whose size is less than 100 nm. Application of nano-materials in various fields is a solid proof of its acceptance. Technical textile is one of the area which is highly relying on nanotechnologies. Keeping in view its demand it is expected that by 2015, its world market size will be more than one Trillion US $. There are a number of nano-materials available in market to serve different purposes. These nano-materials are giving excellent results in various fields, which include, medicine, textile, paint, packing, paints, reinforced material, etc. End users are ready to pay extra for such products. Contrary to these advantages a possible hazard is attached with the application of nano-materials due to complexity of the materials. Literature is full of reports and discussions on this topic but still we are far away from any solid occlusion. Many people are of the view that size and substance of nano-material is an instrumental factor, which creates doubt about its safe use. Manufacturers are claiming that there is no harm in using nano-materials, whereas researchers are trying to find out evidence to prove that nano-materials application can pose a danger for human health. It is inferred from the whole discussion that application of nano-material particularly in technical textile manufacturing is not without danger and not safe at all. However, there is a need of research to find out the ways to have safe application of nano-materials


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Author is PhD Student, Technical University, Liberec Czech Republic

Originally published in &sec=article&uinfo=<%=server.URLEncode(2565)%>">Textile Review: April 2010

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