nanotechnology Articles

  • Nanotechnology and TSCA

    Untitled Document If you've read Michael Crichton's book, "Prey," you are familiar with self-replicating products of nanotechnology that turn on their human creators ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • CERCLA Nanotechnology Issues

    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., deals with risks to human health and the environment posed by uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials. In the context of a rapidly emerging nanotechnology and nanomaterials sector, existing CERCLA mechanisms would be useful primarily to provide response and liability authority if ...

  • Nanotechnology in the market: promises and realities

    Nanotechnology is one of the key research areas of the 21st century affecting several different disciplines and industries. Amongst leading scientists there is growing awareness about the tremendous impact this field will have on society and the economy. It is forecast to become possibly even more important than for example the invention of the steam engine or the discovery of penicillin. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology for the needs of the automotive industry

    Nanotechnology promises to change our perspectives as to how materials and products are created. The automotive industry is also affected by the radical changes that nanotechnology brings to the engineering world. In this paper the nanotechnology's fields of application in the automotive industry are discussed. Additionally, indicative industrial applications of nanotechnology, in commercial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Power sources for nanotechnology

    Nanoscale power sources are critical to the success of nanodevices. Potential nanotechnology applications range from molecular electronics to medical treatment to remote sensing. Despite the limited research to date and the complexities of the problem, nanoscale power sources may be developed with inspiration from microscale and molecular/biological power sources, and they can be fabricated with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology – what is it? are there hazards?

    This is the first of a series articles on the emerging field of Nanotechnology. What is it? In short – small! Very small! Very, very small! Nanotechnology comes from the prefix Nano which, in English, means 1/billionth, just as micro means 1/millionth. So Nanotechnology involves 2 things: 1) extremely small man-made materials – some even as small as 1 atom thick, ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Communicating the risks, and the benefits, of nanotechnology

    Issues surrounding the wide spectrum of (perceived) risks and possible benefits associated with the rapid advance of modern nanotechnology are deliberated. These include the current realities of nanotechnological hazards, their impact vis-a-vis perceived nanotech-risks and perceived nanotech-benefits, and the consequent repercussions on the public and society. It is argued that both the risks and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology in biomedical applications: a review

    Incorporation of functionalised and modified nanostructures in various biomedical applications has generated considerable research interest in recent years. The applications of nanotechnology in medicine and biomedical engineering are vast and spans areas such as implant and tissue engineering, diagnosis and therapy. The present scenario demands designing of nanotools which can respond to the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Applications of nanotechnology in oil and gas

    This paper deals with two important aspects of nanotechnology that are of potential interest to the oil and gas industry. In the first part, a summary is presented on recently established nanotechnology initiatives in various countries around the world. Program funding levels and core activities will be compared to provide a basis for assessing the level of development of the various branches of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology for dental composites

    In dentistry, composites consisting of inorganic fillers such as radiopaque glass, quartz or ceramic particles and an organic resin matrix based on a mixture of dimethacrylates, are used for the restoration of teeth. Important properties of the dental restorative materials can be improved by means of nanotechnology. Inorganic-organic hybrid materials can be used as monomer matrix in dental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnologies dedicated to nucleation control

    This paper highlights the work of our group on the control and the observation of nucleation with techniques using nanotechnologies. This control is performed either by triggering nucleation in time with an external field or by localising it spatially in a microdroplet. Localisation in time using light irradiation induces nucleation by forming radicals; the use of electric field acts locally on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The new business of nanotechnology and risks

    There is an Alice-in-Wonderland awe associated with nanotechnology. While the technology is both exciting and hopeful for many good reasons, for businesses, and the lawyers who counsel them, the lack of certainty in areas involving potential risk is unsettling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is only now beginning to think through how best to apply the authority it has under the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The Regulatory Implications of Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is at the center of a growing debate among scientists, regulators, industry representatives, policy makers, and others over whether existing regulatory controls are adequate to address the potential risks posed by the technology and its byproducts. Some interested parties -- including Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office -- believe that ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The Environmental Regulatory Implications of Nanotechnology

    Manipulating matter at the nanoscale is now a commercial reality. Nanoscale zinc oxides are used in sunscreen lotions and scratch-resistant glass. Digital camera displays, high resolution printer inks, and high-capacity computer hard drives are among the available products of nanoscience and nanoengineering. In this article, the authors offer general observations regarding the environmental ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology, Boom or Bust

    A well-known consumer organization now believes that the government should provide more funds for risk research and regulation of nanotechnology, and should require manufacturers to report health problems linked with nano-ingredients. The explosion of nanotechnology-enabled products has caught the eye of the prominent Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, the widely read ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Governing nanotechnologies with civility

    Nanotechnologies have clearly begun to make their way out of the laboratories and into today's commercial life. While they promise significant benefits to society, their very development and commercialisation appear to be challenging state-based regulatory regimes. With many governments currently appearing to be taking a non-interventionist approach to expressly regulating this technology, it is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental research and development in nanotechnology

    Maintaining and improving soil, water, and air quality represent some of the most formidable challenges facing global society in the 21st century. Pollutants from such diverse sources as oil and chemical spills, pesticide and fertiliser runoff, abandoned industrial and mining sites, and airborne gaseous and particulate matter from automobiles exacerbate the situation on a daily basis. Detecting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology for water purification

    This paper provides an overview of the different water treatment devices that incorporate nanotechnology. New sensor technology combined with micro and nanofabrication technology is expected to lead to small, portable and highly accurate sensors to detect chemical and biochemical parameters in water. Potential opportunities and risks associated with this technology are also highlighted.Keywords: ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanotechnology in Industrial Wastewater Treatment

    Nanotechnology in Industrial Wastewater Treatment is a state of the art reference book. The book is particularly useful for wastewater technology development laboratories and organizations. All professional and academic areas connected with environmental engineering, nanotechnology based wastewater treatment and related product design are incorporated and provide an essentialresource. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Safety comes first for nanotechnology

    Online guide provides innovative path to product stewardship. Earlier this year, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Houston, launched the GoodNanoGuide, which is available at http://www.goodnanoguide.org. To cater to all audiences, the guide provides basic, intermediate and advanced options to choose from to contribute to or search within the online ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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