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Progress and Public Trust in Nanotechnology Require Better Material Characterization

Feb. 2014- A prevalent challenge for progress in nanotechnology is characterization [1, 2]. Characterization, the measurement of various physicochemical properties of materials, is crucial for the evolution of nanotechnology from rudimentary nanomaterials and devices to those that are precision-engineered, mass producible, and safe. Each of the main sectors of nanotechnology – research, manufacturing, and ...

ASTM International Nanotechnology Committee Approves Airborne Nanoparticle Measurement Standard

Dec. 2013- Nanomaterials are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products, encompassing medicine, textiles, automobile parts, personal care products, food packaging and sporting goods. During the manufacture and use of these products, there is a potential for nanomaterials to become airborne, resulting in inhalation exposure to workers and consumers. A new ASTM International standard provides clear ...

UC Center Receives $24 Million to Transform How Nanomaterials are Tested for Safety

Sep. 2013- Nanotechnology is transforming industries from medicine to consumer products, and engineered nanomaterials can now be found in items as diverse as clothing, electronic devices, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. New materials are being produced rapidly. How can their safety be assured? The September edition of the journal ACS Nano features an article that could lay the groundwork for the ...

Seven Words of Advice for EPA Chief Gina McCarthy

Mar. 2013- A little wisdom to help develop a partnership between the new EPA and the nanotechnology community.Gina McCarthy's nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency probably won't have been Senate confirmed before this article goes to press, but I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to say, "Welcome… and may I have a moment of your time?"

Where Nanotechnology is Going in 2013

Feb. 2013- Simply smart solutions to a complex world of challengesEach New Year is the start of another journey, isn’t it?  As 2013 begins, I’m seeing a converging path, one where innovation meets advanced manufacturing meets environmentalism.  Best of all, it’s leading across a wide open landscape of a growing economy.  Let’s take the indicators one by one.

Combating Questions of Nanotechnology Safety

Sep. 2012- Shedding light on the sunscreen nano-scareHere we go again. Have you heard about the folks in Australia all hot and bothered about hidden nanotechnology in their sunscreens? This is one of those scare stories that appears on the horizon as dependably as sunrise -- and will set just as certainly.Let me start at with a little background. You know the iconic image of a lifeguard with a white smear ...

Improved Performance Information Needed for Environmental, Health, and Safety Research

Aug. 2012-  View Improved Performance Information Needed for Environmental, Health, and Safety Research report What GAO FoundFrom fiscal years 2006 to 2010, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) reported more than a doubling of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) member agencies’ funding for nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research––from ...

NIST/UMass Study Finds Evidence Nanoparticles May Increase Plant DNA Damage

Apr. 2012- Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) have provided the first evidence that engineered nanoparticles are able to accumulate within plants and damage their DNA. In a recent paper,* the team led by NIST chemist Bryant C. Nelson showed that under laboratory conditions, cupric oxide nanoparticles have the capacity ...

New Measuring Techniques Can Improve Efficiency, Safety of Nanoparticles

Mar. 2012- Eugene, OR | February 28th, 2012Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained eye-opening insights into the process of applying green chemistry to nanotechnology that results in high yields, improves efficiency and dramatically reduces waste and potential negative exposure to human health or the environment. University of Oregon ...

NanoBusiness Interview: Andrew Maynard, Ph.D.

Feb. 2012- I have known Andrew Maynard for over 10 years. We have agreed and disagreed on various EHS issues concerning the Nanotechnology Community during our relationship. Even though we have disagreed from time to time I have always found his opinions valuable and thought provoking.Andrew previously co-chaired the NNI’s Nanotechnology Health and Environment Implications group while working at the ...

NanoBusiness Provides Insight on National Research Council Report

Feb. 2012- The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies has been working for several years on the development of a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. On January 25th they released a draft of this strategy, which is available from the National Academies website. This work was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency. A ...

Effectively Managing the Risks of Nanomaterials: Present Status and Future Challenges

Jan. 2012- Nanomaterials represent the building blocks of nanotechnology-enabled products and applications encompassing a broad range of substances and structures having features in the 1-100 nanometer range. Nanomaterials are of significant interest as they exhibit enhanced physical, chemical and electronic properties in comparison to their bulk counterparts. They can impact a range of applications ...

Responsible Development of Nanotechnology: Maximizing Results while Minimizing Risk

Oct. 2011- Nanotechnology holds the promise of new materials and devices that can be designed and engineered to solve critical questions in almost every sector of our economy – from treating cancer, to cleaning contaminated water, accelerating advanced manufacturing, meeting energy needs, and fixing our roadways and bridges. That’s why, for the last 10 years, the United States has engaged in an ...

Nanoinformatics 2011 Supports Updated NNI EHS Research Strategy

Oct. 2011- The responsible development of nanotechnology has an impact across essentially all economic sectors, including advanced manufacturing. As core research areas of the recently released 2011 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy include a nanomaterials measurement infrastructure, as well as informatics and modeling, it has become evident ...

2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy Webinar

Oct. 2011- OverviewFederal Agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) are hosting a webinar to announce the release of the 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy and to the discuss the development of this document and its key focus areas.FormatThe event will consist of an overview of the strategy’s development followed by comments from ...

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel Meeting to be Held September 9

Aug. 2009- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced that it will hold a meeting of its Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) this September in Chicago, co-located with the NanoBusiness Alliance’s Eighth Annual NanoBusiness Conference.

Lower-Energy Treatment of Air Contamination using Gold Nanoparticles

Sep. 2008- Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; Nankai University in Tianjin, China; and The Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, China have discovered that gold nanoparticles can be used as catalysts at ambient temperatures in light-driven oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

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Center for Risk Science Innovation and Application

Center for Risk Science Innovation and Application

International Life Sciences Institute
The ILSI Center for Risk Science Innovation and Application (RSIA) contributes to enhanced human health and well-being by developing new and improving existing methods and evaluations used in risk management. RSIA is currently engaged in projects on timely issues such as nanomaterial release and characterization, dose-response relationships, and ...

MARINA Managing Risks of Nanomaterials

MARINA Managing Risks of Nanomaterials

Institute of Occupational Medicine
The aim of MARINA is to develop and validate the Risk Management Methods for Nanomaterials. To do this, MARINA will address the four central themes for the Risk Assessment and Management of Nanomaterials: Materials, Exposure, Hazard, and Risk. In MARINA we will develop beyond state-of-the-art referential tools from each of these themes and integrate them ...

Nano Engineered Applications, Inc.

Nano Engineered Applications, Inc.

Nano Engineered Applications, Inc. (NEA) is focused on commercializing patent pending, air-borne chemical detection technology. With NEA’s cost-effective and scalable fabrication techniques, this research advancement can be transformed into portable devices that detect minute quantities of harmful air-borne substances. NEA concentrates on addressing the critical chemical and gas-detection ...

nanoTox, Inc.

nanoTox, Inc.

nanoTox, Inc. is the premier nanotechnology safety, risk assessment and toxicology company helping companies commercialize their nanotechnology and nano-enabled products. The dedicated scientists and professional at nanoTox, Inc. understand that nanotechnology will reach its full potential only when issues of health and environmental safety are fully resolved. There are over 1,000 ...

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Sally Tinkle

Sally Tinkle

National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
National Nanotechnology Initiative