Nanosilver, widely employed in consumer products as biocide, has been recently proposed as sensor, adsorbent and photocatalyst for water pollution monitoring and remediation. Since nanosilver ecotoxicity still pose limitations to its environmental application, a more ecological exposure testing strategy should be coupled to the development of safer formulations. Here, we tested the environmental safety of novel bifunctionalized nanosilver capped with citrate and L-cysteine (AgNPcitLcys) as sensor/sorbent of Hg2+ in terms of behaviour and ecotoxicity on microalgae (1–1000 µg/L) and microcrustaceans (0.001–100 mg/L), from the freshwater and marine environment, in acute and chronic scenarios. Acute toxicity resulted poorly descriptive of nanosilver safety while chronic exposure revealed stronger effects up to lethality. Low dissolution of silver ions from AgNPcitLcys was observed, however a nano-related ecotoxicity is hypothesized. Double coating of AgNPcitLcys succeeded in mitigating ecotoxicity to tested organisms, hence encouraging further research on safer nanosilver formulations. Environmentally safe applications of nanosilver should focus on ecologically relevant exposure scenarios rather than relying only on acute exposure data.

Bellingeri, A., Scattoni, M., Venditti, I., Battocchio, C., Protano, G., Corsi, I. (2022). Ecologically based methods for promoting safer nanosilver for environmental applications. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 438 [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129523].

Ecologically based methods for promoting safer nanosilver for environmental applications

Bellingeri A.
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Protano G.;Corsi I.
2022

Abstract

Nanosilver, widely employed in consumer products as biocide, has been recently proposed as sensor, adsorbent and photocatalyst for water pollution monitoring and remediation. Since nanosilver ecotoxicity still pose limitations to its environmental application, a more ecological exposure testing strategy should be coupled to the development of safer formulations. Here, we tested the environmental safety of novel bifunctionalized nanosilver capped with citrate and L-cysteine (AgNPcitLcys) as sensor/sorbent of Hg2+ in terms of behaviour and ecotoxicity on microalgae (1–1000 µg/L) and microcrustaceans (0.001–100 mg/L), from the freshwater and marine environment, in acute and chronic scenarios. Acute toxicity resulted poorly descriptive of nanosilver safety while chronic exposure revealed stronger effects up to lethality. Low dissolution of silver ions from AgNPcitLcys was observed, however a nano-related ecotoxicity is hypothesized. Double coating of AgNPcitLcys succeeded in mitigating ecotoxicity to tested organisms, hence encouraging further research on safer nanosilver formulations. Environmentally safe applications of nanosilver should focus on ecologically relevant exposure scenarios rather than relying only on acute exposure data.
Bellingeri, A., Scattoni, M., Venditti, I., Battocchio, C., Protano, G., Corsi, I. (2022). Ecologically based methods for promoting safer nanosilver for environmental applications. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 438 [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129523].
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