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Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tam, Edwin (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Agriculture, Plant Culture.
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Nanotechnology is not only being used to enhance commercial goods but the research into the use of nanomaterials as soil and groundwater remediation options has been underway for some time. The research to date suggests that once CNTs have been taken up by humans, or other species they may cause inflammation, oxidative stress, cell damage, or adverse effects on cell performance. However, when considering the interactions between CNTs and plants cells or developing plants the outcomes are less certain and may be counterintuitive. Interactions between developing plants seem to show neutral or positive short-term effects. Research conducted thus far shows un-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes, when suspended in an aquatic environment, seem to enhance the growth of plant life in the short term.
Ray, Matthew, "The Effects of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Plant Growth" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 90.