nanoEHS Series: Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment Workshop Materials (2009)

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Agendas and Presentations
Author: Various
Publication Date: Feb. 25 2009

Description:

This workshop was part of the nanoEHS workshop series. Below are the workshop agenda, materials, and presentations.

Sessions were co-sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee (NSET).  More than 165 scientists and other stakeholders from government, industry, labor and other segments participated. An additional 25 viewers joined from other locations through the Webcast plenary session. Workshop focused on research needed for characterizing exposures to nanomaterials among workers, other populations, and environments by measuring and modeling exposure levels, and by monitoring indicators of biological responses through the product life of a nanomaterial. The objectives of NIOSH, NSET, and other partners were to review the state-of-the-science, identify critical gaps, and inform further development and adaptation of the interagency research strategy as appropriate.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanoscale materials have been used for over a millenium. For example, nanoscale gold was used in stained glass in Medieval Europe and nanotubes were found in blades of swords made in Damascus. However, ten centuries passed before high-powered microscopes were invented, allowing us to see things at the nanoscale and begin working with materials at the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology as we now know it began about 30 years ago, when our tools to image and measure extended into the nanoscale. Around the turn of the millennium, government research managers in the United States and other countries observed that physicists, biologists, chemists, electrical engineers, optical engineers, and materials scientists were working on overlapping issues emerging at the nanoscale. In 2000, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) was created to help these researchers benefit from each other’s insights and accelerate the technology’s development.

To learn more, see What is Nanotechnology?

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