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Title: Relevance of nanotechnology to Africa: synthesis, applications and safety
Authors: Musee, N
Sikhwivhilu, L
Gulumian, M
Keywords: Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology applications
Millennium Development Goals
Nanotechnology development
Disease treatment
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: SpringerVerlag
Citation: Musee, N, Sikhwivhilu, L and Gulumian, M. Relevance of nanotechnology to Africa: synthesis, applications and safety. Chemistry For Sustainable Development In Africa, pp. 123-158, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-29642-0_8. SpringerVerlag, Berlin.
Series/Report no.: Workflow;5153
Abstract: In this chapter, two nanotechnology-based applications relevant to Africa in promoting sustainability and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are presented. The applications comprise the provision of therapeutic treatment of diseases (HIV/AIDS and malaria) and the treatment of contaminated water through purification, remediation and disinfection process to promote access to clean water to millions of African inhabitants without clean drinking water. Extensive examination of the available scientific literature suggests that nanotechnology potentially can improve the provision of health and water services in the African continent. Whilst the authors agree these benefits are of great relevance to the continent, the chapter gives insights on the concerns related to potential risks posed by nanotechnology-based products both to humans and other ecological systems. In addition, the chapter seeks to outline chemistry underpinning the development of nanotechnology and its relevance in achieving sustainable development within the context of developmental challenges in Africa. Finally, as the future socioeconomic status will be mostly defined by nanotechnology capabilities, Africa should be alert to these changes and take advantage, particularly, at this early development phase of nanotechnology development.
Description: Copyright: 2012 SpringerVerlag. This is the post-print version of the work. The definitive version is published in Chemistry For Sustainable Development In Africa, pp. 123-158, DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-29642-0_8.
URI: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-29642-0_8
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6308
ISBN: 978-3-642-29641-3
978-3-642-29642-0
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