July 1, 2007
Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies
PEN 10, July 2007
All materials and products eventually come to the end of their useful life, and those made with nanotechnology are no different. This means that engineered nanomaterials will ultimately enter the waste stream and find their way into landfills or incinerators—and eventually into the air, soil and water. As a result, it is important to consider how various forms of nanomaterials will be disposed of and treated at the end of their use, and how the regulatory system will treat such materials at the various stages of their lifecycle.
May 1, 2007
EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century
PEN 9, May 2007
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently stated, nanotechnology has evolved from a futuristic idea to watch to a current issue to address. A new report by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies considers various oversight tools for dealing with nanotechnology and proposes a number of action steps for government, industry, and other stakeholders.
April 1, 2007
Green Nanotechnology: It’s Easier Than You Think (Report)
PEN 8, April 2007
The ability to eliminate waste and toxins from production processes early on, to create more efficient and flexible solar panels, and to remove contaminants from water is becoming an exciting reality with nanotechnology. This “green nanotechnology” involves designing nanoproducts for the environment and with the environment in mind. Last spring, stakeholders came together to participate in a series of dialogues on the topic, hosted by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. This report highlights the research breakthroughs, industry perspectives, and policy options discussed at those meetings.
March 1, 2007
NanoFrontiers: Visions for the Future of Nanotechnology (Report)
PEN6, March 2007
Controlling the properties and behavior of matter at the smallest scale—in effect, “domesticating atoms”—can help to overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges, concludes a new report on how diverse experts view the future of nanotechnology. This publication highlights the findings of a Washington, DC meeting organized by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
March 1, 2007
Nanotechnology and Life Cycle Assessment: A Systems Approach to Nanotechnology and the Environment
Synthesis of results obtained at a workshop in Washington, DC, October 2006
March 1, 2007
Thinking Big About Things Small: Creating an Effective Oversight System for Nanotechnology
PEN 7, March 2007
October 1, 2006
Regulating the Products of Nanotechnology: Does FDA Have the Tools it Needs?
PEN 5, October 2006
September 1, 2006
Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Production: Anticipated Applications
PEN 4, September 2006
Thanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow’s food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms.
July 1, 2006
Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk
PEN 3, July 2006
This report by Dr. Andrew Maynard proposes a comprehensive framework for systematically exploring possible risks.
January 11, 2006
Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology
PEN 2, January 2006