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NanoEHS – defining fundamental science needs: no easy feat when the simple itself is complex

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Nanotechnology is no longer in its infancy and has made significant advances since the implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2000. Incorporation of nanotechnology in many fields including information technology, medicine, materials, energy, catalysis and cosmetics has led to an increase in engineered nanomaterial (ENM) production, and consequently, increased nanomaterial use. In comparison, the generation of concrete and consistent evidence related to the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials (NanoEHS) is lacking. The main factors contributing to the slower progress in NanoEHS versus conventional EHS are related to the complexity, property transformations, life cycles and behavior of nanomaterials even in carefully controlled environments. Therefore, new systematic, integrated research approaches in NanoEHS are needed for overcoming this complexity and bridging current knowledge gaps. A workshop on “NanoEHS: Fundamental Science Needs” brought together scientists and engineers to identify current fundamental science challenges and opportunities within NanoEHS. Detailed discussions were conducted on identifying the fundamental properties that are critical in NanoEHS, differentiating between conventional and NanoEHS studies as well as understanding, the effect of dynamic transformations on nanometrology, role of dosimetry and mechanistic data gaps in nanotoxicology. An important realization that even simple nanoscale materials can be complex when considering NanoEHS implications was noted several times during the workshop. Despite this fact, a number of fundamental research areas to further the scientific foundation to address NanoEHS needs are suggested.

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The article was received on 29 May 2015, accepted on 30 Aug 2015 and first published on 01 Sep 2015


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C5EN00112A
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2016,3, 15-27
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    NanoEHS – defining fundamental science needs: no easy feat when the simple itself is complex

    V. H. Grassian, A. J. Haes, I. A. Mudunkotuwa, P. Demokritou, A. B. Kane, C. J. Murphy, J. E. Hutchison, J. A. Isaacs, Y. Jun, B. Karn, S. I. Khondaker, S. C. Larsen, B. L. T. Lau, J. M. Pettibone, O. A. Sadik, N. B. Saleh and C. Teague, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2016, 3, 15
    DOI: 10.1039/C5EN00112A

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