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

Depending on the shape, the application, or the components, nanomaterials may be called by a variety of different names, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoshells, nanospheres, nanowires, nanoclays, nanoconcrete, nanopolymers, and much more. Other nanomaterials have distinct qualities that have led researchers to call them by other non-nano prefix names, such as quantum dots or graphene. Generally speaking, nanomaterials are objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale. Efforts to standardize these words are currently underway, for example, by the International Organization for Standardization. For more information, visit the Standards page.

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