Andrew Whelton, T.V. Duncan , J.L. Koontz ,
Nanoparticle (NP) enhanced polymers have the potential to revolutionize food packaging and water pipe performance, though release from these materials has gone relatively unstudied. A literature review was conducted to identify potential NP release pathways from nanomposite materials into food and water. Results show little is known and this lack of knowledge prevents responsible commercialization of safe and innovative nanoenhanced products, development of predictive health risk models, and generation of sciencebased environmental, health, and safety focused regulation. Common limitations of past studies are that quantitative results were not described, NP detection methods were lacking, and metal ions were not differentiated from NPs. Science has not quantitatively determined if and under what conditions nanocomposites release NPs into food and water matrices. Future research needs are identified.
June 13-16, 2011
Nanotech Annual meeting
nanoparticle, water, food, release, infrastructure