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October 11th, 2010

TiO 2 Nanoparticles in the Environment

Abstract:
Nanomaterials: The ingredient in brilliant white pigments may disrupt aquatic ecosystems' nitrogen cycle.

Products coated in titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO) shine pure white. So since the 1990s manufacturers have added the chemicals to a wide range of consumer products, such as cosmetics, paints, sunscreens, and even foods. Now nTiO often discharges into open waterways through treated sewage effluent. A new study reports that this nanomaterial can stress photosynthetic organisms, which could lead to the disruption of nitrogen and carbon cycles in aquatic ecosystems.

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