There are only few studies available at present on the effects of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles on living organisms.


Administration of fine or nanoscale ZnO particles into the lungs of mice or rats was found to cause severe but temporary pneumonia [1,2]. Quite interestingly, both the intensity and course of this reaction were practically identical for fine and nanoscale ZnO.


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  1. Sayes, CM et al. (2007), Toxicol Sci, 97(1): 163-180.
  2. Warheit, DB et al. (2009), Environ Sci Technol, 43(20): 7939-7945.


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