Workshop Report: Stakeholder Perspectives on Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology (R3 Report)

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NNI Publications and Reports
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: NNCO
Publication Date: Mar. 20 2015

Description:

R3 logoThis report on "Stakeholder Perspectives on Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology" is the result of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) workshop held on September 10–11, 2013, in Washington, DC. The goal of the workshop was to assess the state of research progress in risk assessment, management, and communication as it aligns with the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methods research area of the 2011 NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy. The workshop was initiated and organized by the Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee under the Committee on Technology of the National Science and Technology Council, with the assistance of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

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Nanotechnology Fact

Nanoscale materials have been used for over a millennium. 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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