Environmental applications and potential health implications of quantum dots

Farhan Ahmad, Alok K. Pandey, Amanda B. Herzog, Joan B. Rose, Charles P. Gerba, Syed A. Hashsham

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Quantum dots (QDs) are routinely employed for bioimaging applications and detection of pathogens and toxins. Their use as surrogates to study the fate and transport of non-fluorescent nanoparticles is limited due to high cost, detection of limit issues, and lack of sufficient data related to health effects. Systematic studies on the impact of QDs on environment and health may facilitate its safe use for environmental applications. This review summarizes the studies conducted with QDs with a focus on environmental applications and provides toxicity data important to human health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1038
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Environmental
  • Fluorescent
  • Health
  • Nanoparticle
  • Quantum dot
  • Surrogate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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