Nanoparticles Pose a BIG Threat to the Environment
Due to their widespread use throughout a number of industries including agriculture, household products and manufacturing operations, nanoparticles present an ever-growing emerging issue in the environmental analysis. Their unique properties have led them to be used in consumer segments including healthcare and cosmetics. They are also used in the food supply chain in agricultural products as well as food additives. Nanoparticles are even used in certain types of drug delivery methods. These particles range from 1-100 nm in size. To fully understand both the implications and effects of nanoparticles in water, they need to be accurately characterized in size and elemental composition in the environment. Agilent’s solutions with the ICP-MS and ICP-QQQ provide researchers with powerful, fast and cost-effective tools that facilitate the accurate and reliable NP characterization, and quantitative analysis.