In the Spotlight
Jeff Morris and co-authors from EPA, the European Commission, and the OECD published in Nature Nanotechnology, "Science Policy Considerations for Responsible Nanotechnology Decisions." The article describes the similarities and differences that US and European regulators face in using science to inform policy decisions about nanomaterials. Under arrangement with Nature Publishing Group, the article is available for downloading until July 2011. Download the article here: http://delivery.sheridan.com/downloads/mobile/Nature_177400_CP.exe.
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EPA and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation are partnering with other stakeholders to explore current understanding of methods for measuring release of nanomaterials from coatings and objects used in commercial products. The project will go on to generate better methods where needed. It is hoped that the project will build confidence in decisions about sustainable nanomaterial selection.
For more information go to http://www.ilsi.org/ResearchFoundation/Pages/NanoRelease1.aspx
The proceedings from EPA's International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference, held Oct. 2008 in Chicago, have been published and are available online. The proceedings are compiled into two volumes.
- Volume one covers environmental applications (remediation, sensing & monitoring, and pollution control) of nanotechnology. http://www.epa.gov/osp/hstl/Nano2008v1.pdf (296pp, 7MB, About PDF)
- Volume two covers implications (toxicity, fate & transport, and risk assessment) of the release of nanomaterials into the environment. http://www.epa.gov/osp/hstl/Nano2008v2.pdf (304pp, 5.4MB, About PDF)
The proceedings contain scientific papers by the authors on the latest research on environmental nanotechnology by the authors who presented at the conference. The work is international in scope with more than 80 presentations by scientists and engineers from 5 continents and 12 countries.
The title and document number are: International Perspectives on Environmental Nanotechnology - Applications and Implications (EPA 905/R-09/032 November 2009).
- Comprehensive Environmental Assessment Approach (PDF) (2 pp, 233 KB)
- State of the Science Lit. Review: Everything Nanosilver and More (PDF) (221 pp, 2.3 MB)
- State of the Science Lit. Review: Nano Titanium Dioxide Environmental Matters (PDF) (486 pp, 1.8 MB)
- Gordon Conference on Environmental Nanotechnology
- Nano-TiO2 Case Study (Final)
- Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide Workshop Summary (PDF) (121 pp, 2.3 MB)
- Tea, Wine and Nanoparticles
- Blog: Sheep, Goats and Nanoparticles
- Nanotechnology Review Article
- Very Small Offers Big Cleanup Potential
- Nano-Silver Case Study (External Review Draft)