Sensors NSI: Sensing Nanomaterials




The NIOSH Field Studies Team: As part of its nanotechnology research agenda, NIOSH created a team to conduct on-site assessments of potential occupational exposure to a variety of nanomaterial, and to evaluate methods to mitigate exposures. The team is working to establish partnerships with companies that produce or use engineered nanomaterials to expand and share knowledge specific to the health and safety aspects of the research. A key element of these partnerships is the voluntary nature of the collaboration that provides opportunities for on-site investigations.

Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL): NCL serves as a national resource and knowledge base for all cancer researchers to facilitate the regulatory review of nanotechnologies intended for cancer therapies and diagnostics. NCL maintains extensive protocols for the physico-chemical characterization of nanomaterials and publishes frequently on trends and findings in nanomaterial characterization.

Nanotechnology at NIST: Advancing nanoscale measurement science, standards, and nanotechnology is an important component of NIST's mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness.  NIST further supports the US nanotechnology enterprise from discovery to production through its user Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) user facility on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. From leading cutting edge research to coordinating the development of standards that promote trade, NIST's programs in nanotechnology directly impact priorities important to the nation's economy and wellbeing. There are many mechanisms to collaborate with NIST – for example, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), grants, cooperative agreements, participation in standards development organizations, and as a guest researcher on-site at the NIST campus.