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Challenges in assessing release, exposure and fate of silver nanoparticles within the UK environment

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Challenges in assessing release, exposure and fate of silver nanoparticles within the UK environment. / Whiteley, Cherrie M.; Valle, Matteo Dalla; Jones, Kevin C. et al.

In: Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, Vol. 15, No. 11, 11.2013, p. 2050-2058.

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Whiteley CM, Valle MD, Jones KC, Sweetman A. Challenges in assessing release, exposure and fate of silver nanoparticles within the UK environment. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. 2013 Nov;15(11):2050-2058. Epub 2013 Sep 2. doi: 10.1039/C3EM00226H

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Whiteley, Cherrie M. ; Valle, Matteo Dalla ; Jones, Kevin C. et al. / Challenges in assessing release, exposure and fate of silver nanoparticles within the UK environment. In: Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. 2013 ; Vol. 15, No. 11. pp. 2050-2058.

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