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Professor Natarajan Chandrasekaran FRES, FRSB, FRSC, Director, Centre for Nanobiotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), has made several conceptually important and widely cited contributions to the area of nano-biotechnology. He has made pioneering contributions in the preparation and applications of neem-nanoemulsion biopolymer beads for controlling bacterial infection in hatchery animals under DST technology development, Nanoemulsion impregnated biopolymer films for packaging of fruits to improve shelf life, Nanopermethrin/Nano-DEEPA with biopolymer impregnated fabrics for mosquito repellent, Exopolysaccharide loaded nanoemulsion cross-linked biopolymer nanocomposites as a wound healing gauze, cancer cell targeting using nanoemulsion, nanoplastics particles used in consumer products. Additionally he has 12 patents published in the area of nanobiotechnology, A patent on isolation chamber design for microplastics separation in environmental samples, 278 peer reviewed publications, He has completed 21 funded projects. He is Fellow Royal Society for Biology (FRSB) and Fellow Royal Entomological Society of London (FRES) and Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
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Micro and Nanoplastics: An Emerging Threat to Aquatic Biota explores the recent evidence on the toxicity of micro and nano plastic particles in aquatic and terrestrial biota. The chapters will start with a brief introduction to micro and nanoplastics and its pervasiveness and physicochemical properties in the various environments. To provide a potential resource for the beginners, the book will discuss the methods and strategies for micro and nanoplastics extraction, characterization, and identification in the introductory chapters. The book will cover the current state-of-research on micro and nanoplastics accumulation and transfer in the food chain. The subsequent chapters will examine the toxicological effects of the micro and nanoplastics in the aquatic life and terrestrial organisms. The impact of the harmful substances/chemicals associated with micro and nanoplastics in toxicity will be discussed. Additionally, the exposure routes of micro and nanoplastics, macro-molecular interactions, and the potential impacts on humans will be critically reviewed and presented in another set of chapters. Finally, a chapter will review the global initiatives, regulations, and policies on the banning of single-use plastics, and reduce plastic usage as well as environmental release.
Micro and Nanoplastics: An Emerging Threat to Aquatic Biota provides and essential reference for scientists, researchers, and students who are working in the isolation, identification, characterization, and the toxicity of microplastics on aquatic, terrestrial, and human health.