Nanomaterials as soil pollutants

Susana Loureiro, Paula S. Tourinho, Geert Cornelis, Nico W. Van Den Brink, Maria Díez-Ortiz, Socorro Vázquez-Campos, Vicenç Pomar-Portillo, Claus Svendsen, Cornelis A.M. Van Gestel

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This chapter covers how engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) may enter soils, how they behave in soils, the exposure dynamics this presents to soil organisms, and resulting issues for uptake and food-chain transfer. Special attention is given to summarizing the main issues and the current state of the art for the most important elements of how ENMs act as pollutants in soil, namely: The routes and consequent forms of entry of ENMs from nanoenabled products into soils; the fate and transformations ENMs undergo in soil systems; ENM bioavailability to and interactions with soil biology, including exposure and hazard assessment, toxicokinetics, and trophic transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoil Pollution
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Monitoring to Remediation
EditorsA.C. Duarte, A. Cachada, T. Rocha-Santos
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780128498736
ISBN (Print)9780128498729
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2017


  • Bioavailability
  • Fate
  • Hazard
  • Nanomaterials
  • Routes of entry
  • Soil biology
  • Toxicokinetics


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