Sensors NSI: Sensing Nanomaterials



Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology: Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Center is dedicated to investigating the mechanisms by which nanomaterials interact with biological systems. 

NIST's 10 nm silver nanoparticle reference material. Image Credit: Hackley/NIST

Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT): Created in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CEINT performs fundamental research on the behavior of nanoscale materials in laboratory and complex ecosystems. Research includes all aspects of nanomaterial transport, fate and exposure, as well as ecotoxicological and ecosystem impacts. Additionally, CEINT is developing risk assessment tools to provide guidance in assessing existing and future concerns surrounding the environmental implications of nanomaterials.

University of California's Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN): Supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, UC CEIN is working to ensure the responsible use and safe implementation of nanotechnology in the environment through a multi-disciplinary approach to research, knowledge acquisition, education, and outreach.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanotechnology (WPMN): The WPMN was established in 2006 to promote international cooperation in human health and environmental safety aspects of manufactured nanomaterials. Its aim is to assist countries in their efforts to assess the safety implications of nanomaterials. WPMN activities include a Sponsorship Programme that involves OECD member countries, as well as some non-member economies and other stakeholders who pool expertise and fund the safety testing of specific manufactured nanomaterials.

Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO): SNO is a non-profit, global professional society for individuals and institutions engaged in research, development, and education in sustainable nanotechnology, as well as the environmental, health, and safety implications of nanotechnology.

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies: Dedicated to engaging the public and minimizing risk associated with the advance of nanotechnology, the Project maintains inventories of informational materials related to nanotechnology.


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