9360-0196/02 – Environmental implications of nanomaterials (EAN)

Gurantor departmentCNT - Nanotechnology CentreCredits2
Subject guarantorProf. Mgr. Jana Kukutschová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorProf. Mgr. Jana Kukutschová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
LES05 Prof. Mgr. Jana Kukutschová, Ph.D.
MOT127 Mgr. Oldřich Motyka, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student who successfully complete the subject is able to define key parameters of nanomaterials which contribute to their environmental risks. Further, the student can explain potential transport routes of nanomaterials in the environment, their potential (bio)transformation and (bio)accumulation within the environmental fate. The student is able to discuss single aspects of air, water and soil contamination issues and evaluate risks of nanomaterials in form of wastes and moreover to describe potential adverse effects of nanomaterials to living organisms on molecular, cellular and organ levels. With respect to applications of nanomaterials and their impact he/she is able to outline potential ethical issues of these applications and pre-application assessment of nanomaterials and also to describe legislative framework of this issue.

Teaching methods



The subject is focused on various apsects of release, transformation and potential impact of occurence of nanomaterials in single environmental compartments. Key parameters of nanomaterials having decisive impact on potential adverse effects related to occurence of nanomaterials in the environment also with respect to exposure of living organisms to these materials are emphasized. Moreover, nanomaterials as contaminants of single environmental compartments (i.e. air, water and soil) and resulting potential adverse effects are discussed together with the issue of the end phase of nanomaterials life-cycle when there are becoming wastes. Due to the exposure of living systems to nanomaterials present in the environment also the topic of nanomaterials efects on molecular, celullar and organ levels for organisms from single trophic levels is discussed. The topic of ethical aspects and legislative framework are also included with respect to the nanomaterials assessment and applications.

Compulsory literature:

Houdy P.: Nanoethics and Nanotoxicology. Springer, 2011, ISBN: 978-3-642-20176-9. Theodore L., Kunz R.G.: Nanotechnology: Environmental Implications and Solutions. Wiley & Sons, 2005, ISBN: 978-0-471-69976-7.

Recommended literature:

Vogel U., Savolainen K., Wu Q., van Tongeren M., Brouwer D., Berges M.: Handbook of Nanosafety, Measurement, Exposure and Toxicology, Elsevier 2014, ISBN: 9780124166042. Dhawan A.: Nanotoxicology: Experimental and Computational Perspectives, Royal Society of Chemistry 2018, ISBN: 978-1-78262-158-4.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Semestral work and oral exam.


Other requirements

Write a semestral work.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Toxicologically significant parameters of nanomaterials (NMs) 2. Environmental fate, transport of NMs in the environment 3. Biotransformation of selected NMs 4. Bioaccmulation, deposition in single parts of an organism 5. Contamination of air 6. Contamination of water 7. Contamination of soil 8. NMs as wastes 9. In vitro and in vivo methods for toxicity assessment of NMs 10. Effects of NMs on molecular and cellular level 11. Ecotoxicity of NMs 12. Genotoxic effects of selected NMs 13. Ethical aspects of NMs usage 14. Regulatory framework of NMs usage

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
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Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Examination Examination 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: 90 %.

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2024/2025 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0719A270003) Nanotechnology NPA P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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