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Plastic dispersed in the environment eventually fragments in minuscule particles known as microplastic and nanoplastic. With the latter we usually refer to plastic specimens smaller than a micron. Nanoplastic could pose serious risks to the environment, but at this stage we know too little about it. Development of analytical techniques to monitor its environmental fate and further studies on their toxicity are necessary to evaluate how dangerous plastic nanoparticles really are.



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The ability to synthesize metal-doped nanoplastic opens windows to accurately assess the potential environmental hazards that nanoplastic poses.

News & Views | | Nature Nanotechnology


Analytical challenges in detecting nanoplastics have hindered the understanding of their behaviour in environmental systems, but these difficulties can be circumvented by synthesizing metal-doped nanoplastics (where the metal can be measured as a proxy for the plastic) to undertake mechanistic investigations of particle fate, transport and biological interactions in lab and pilot-scale studies.

Article | | Nature Nanotechnology