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.


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Nanomaterials are being tested for use in food packaging to greatly improve shelf life and safety. Nanosensors to detect food-borne pathogens are also being developed for food packaging. New nanomaterials will be stronger, lighter, and more durable than the materials we use today in buildings, bridges, automobiles, and more. Scientists have experimented with nanomaterials that bend light in unique ways that may enable the development of an “invisibility cloak.” The possibilities seem limitless, and the future of nanotechnology holds great potential. For more information, see Benefits and Applications.

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