Listing of FY 2009 nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety research projects

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

Description:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested that NNI agencies provide the NSET Subcommittee with detailed information on EHS research projects funded in FY 2009. These data were used to identify areas of strength or need when formulating the 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy. Summaries of the data on these EHS projects are presented by core EHS research category in Chapters 2-6 of the NNI EHS Research Strategy, and six examples of research progress are highlighted in this document. A complete listing of the FY 2009 research projects is available here:  (1) totals of individual projects may vary from the summary tables due to rounding and (2) informatics and modeling is a new core area and so was not part of the data call. Please contact Liesl Heeter, NNCO, with questions about the tables.

The reader should note the difference between the scopes of the research included in this OMB-requested project data reported for FY 2009 and that reported for environmental, health, safety, and risk mitigation as a part of Program Component Area 7 in the annual NNI Supplement to the President’s Budget.

Further description of this data call is available in the NNI EHS Research Strategy, p. 7.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology encompasses science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Just how small is that? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale matter can behave differently than the same bulk material. For example, a material’s melting point, color, strength, chemical reactivity, and more may change at the nanoscale.

Researchers seeking to understand the fundamentals of properties at the nanoscale may call their work nanoscience; those focused on effective use of the properties may call their work nanoengineering. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.

Learn more in the Nano 101 section.

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