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Engineered Nanomaterials

“A particle engineered or manufactured by humans on the nanoscale with specific physicochemical composition and structure to exploit properties and functions associated with its dimensions. Engineered nanoparticles include particles with a homogeneous composition and structure, compositionally and structurally heterogeneous particles (for instance, particles with core-shell structures) and multi-functional nanoparticles (for instance, ‘smart’ nanoparticles being developed for medical diagnostics and treatment).”1

1. G. Oberdörster, A. Maynard, K. Donaldson, et al, “Principles for characterizing the potential human health effects from exposure to nanomaterials: elements of a screening strategy,” Particle and Fibre Toxicology 2005, 2:8.