Nanotechnology Project

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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Study in Applying Nanotechnology for Environmental Protection

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorHungMin Chein
InstitutionIndustrial Technology and Research Institute
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Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialEngineered Nanomaterials
Impact SectorCross-cutting
Broad Research Categories Exposure
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Funding$217,632.00
Annual Funding$217,632.00
Funding SourceTaiwan EPA
Funding MechanismIntramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2003
Anticipated End Year2004


Differential analyses of bulk and nano materials are used to construct MSDS’ for some nanomaterials, such as CNT, CB, C60, TiO2, Teflon, platinum nanopowder, iridium nanopowder, polystyrene, MnO2 nanopowder, and sliver nanopowder. In addition to the MSDS’, environmental evaluations and health risk assessments of CNT and TiO2 have been reported. Moreover, exposure evaluations of two pilot nanopowder processes have been evaluated on-site to assess nanoparticle emissions. The results showed that the stages of product collections and machine maintenances released high concentrations of nanopowder into the work environment. According to these findings, protective guidelines and operational protocols for the operators of nanopowder processes were drafted. In addition, CuO catalysts have found to have more than 95% conversion rate at 200ºC from the research of de-NOx by using Cuo and Fe2O3 catalysts. The reaction temperature is about 100 to 150ºC lower than those of commercially available productions. A forum and international symposium (ISEN 2004) were held in this year. A final report (proceeding) of ISEN 2004 has been compiled and published. The current developments of environmental nanotechnology were elaborated and discussed as well as the academic and industrial collaborations between domestic and international professionals were achieved and established during these conferences. The suggestions of these conferences showed that researchers should investigate the potential risk of nanotechnology on environmental and human health.