2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy Fact Sheet

Subject Area:
NNI Strategic Documents
EHS-related Documents
Author: NSET/NEHI
Publication Date: Oct. 20 2011

Description:

A fact sheet for frequently asked questions about the NNI 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy.


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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