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National Nanotechnology Initiative nanoEHS Workshop Series Reports Now Available

Jul. 2011- The National Nanotechnology Initiative has developed an updated nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research strategy, informed by recommendations from the National Academies, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and four workshop reports based on a 2009-2010 series of nanoEHS workshops. The NNI nanotechnology EHS research strategy ...

Funding Opportunity: Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology

Dec. 2010- The National Science Foundation has funding opportunities for the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology program through the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. This program provides support to develop and test the environmental effects of nanotechnologies. Fundamental research is sought to understand, evaluate, and mitigate the impact of ...

NanoBusiness Alliance Interview with Lynn L. Bergeson

Nov. 2010- The NanoBusiness Alliance continues its interview series with Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Director, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C).  Lynn is one of America's top EH&S practitioners and is the Chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance's EHS Committee.  B&C is a Washington, D.C. law firm concentrating on conventional and engineered nanoscale chemical, pesticide, ...

Save the Date: Second NNI Workshop in nanoEHS Series October 6-7, 2009

Aug. 2009- The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is holding a series of workshops stretching into March 2010 to assess the state of ongoing nanotechnology-related Envrionmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) research.  The second of the four-workshop series being publicly offered by the NNI, Nanomaterials and the Environment  & Instrumentation, Metrology and Analytical Methods will take ...

GoodNanoGuide Shares Best Practices

Jun. 2009- Press Release: The Rice University-based International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) today introduced the GoodNanoGuide, an online, community-driven wiki for information about the safe handling of nanomaterials.

Conference on Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The June 9-11, 2009 Conference on the Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will convene leading nano researchers, nano policy and regulatory experts, practitioners, manufacturers and users to better understand the environmental aspects of nanotechnology -- from characterization, fate and ...

Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity of Silver Nanoparticles in Human Cells

Apr. 2009- This study proposes the mechanism of toxicity of starch coated silver nanoparticles in human lung and brain tumor cells is through disruption of the mitochondria, the main source of energy for the cell.  Starch was previously shown to make the nanoparticle soluble in water and to protect the nanoparticles from “clumping” in the water or within the cells. An exposure to nanosilver ...

Nanomaterials Regulations: Balancing Insight with Oversight

Feb. 2009- Emerging nanomaterials and nano-enabled consumer products are projected to have a significant, global impact on future economic, societal, and quality-of-life issues. The field of nanotechnology in general—and nanomanufacturing processes and nanomanufactured materials in particular—present a new regulatory paradigm for commercial sectors, academics, and government oversight and ...

Nanomaterials Regulations: Balancing Insight with Oversight

Feb. 2009- Emerging nanomaterials and nano-enabled consumer products are projected to have a significant, global impact on future economic, societal, and quality-of-life issues. The field of nanotechnology in general—and nanomanufacturing processes and nanomanufactured materials in particular—present a new regulatory paradigm for commercial sectors, academics, and government oversight and ...

Pilot study on mice reports asbestos-like pathogenicity of carbon nanotubes

Jan. 2009- This study evaluates the effects of an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of four preparations of MWCNT compared to i.p. injections of long-fibre mosite (LFA) and short-fibre amosite (SFA) in mice. Results showed clear differences between long and short/tangled MWNTs.  

Save The Date: Massachusetts Nanotechnology Workshop

Dec. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Massachusetts Interagency Nanotechnology Committee will be holding a workshop to promote the safe development of nanotechnology in Massachusetts on January 29, 2009.

Environmental Institute and EPA to Co-host International Conference on Nanotechnology and Environment

Oct. 2008- National Nanotechnology Network: The University of Massachusetts Amherst will be the site of the June 2009 International Conference on Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology. The call for presentation abstracts is open until November 1st.

Nanoparticle Characteristics Affecting Uptake by Cells

Sep. 2008- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University: Researchers at UNC-CH and NCSU have shown the importance of nanoparticle size, shape and surface chemistry on uptake by living cells.

Scalable process to form magnetic nanoparticles with immobilized enzymes

Aug. 2008- University of Idaho: Researchers from the University of Idaho have developed a novel scalable technique to produce magnetic nanoparticles containing immobilized enzymes for eventual use in applications such as pharmaceutical production and environmental remediation. 

Environmental Health and Safety

Jul. 2007-  Introduction Environmental health and safety (EHS) in nanomanufacturing encompasses the work environment (occupational safety), as well as potential air, water, and waste impacts of nanomanufacturing processes.  More broadly, EHS issues can include potential impacts on the consumer, including safe use and disposal of consumer products containing nanomaterials.

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Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH

Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH

Division of Respiratory Disease Studies
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health