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

Yes, nanotechnology is becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives and has found its way into many commercial products, for example, strong, lightweight materials for better fuel economy; targeted drug delivery for safer and more effective cancer treatments; clean, accessible drinking water around the world; superfast computers with vast amounts of storage; self-cleaning surfaces; wearable health monitors; more efficient solar panels; safer food through packaging and monitoring; regrowth of skin, bone, and nerve cells for better medical outcomes; smart windows that lighten or darken to conserve energy; and nanotechnology-enabled concrete that dries more quickly and has sensors to detect stress or corrosion at the nanoscale in roads, bridges, and buildings. By some estimates, revenue from the sale of nanotechnology-enabled products made in the United States has grown more than six-fold from 2009 through 2016 and is projected to exceed $500 billion in 2016.

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