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Editors: Robert V. Neumann
Book Description:
Nanotechnology has potential applications in many sectors of the American economy, including consumer products, health care, transportation, energy and agriculture.
Since 2001, EPA has played a leading role in funding research and setting research directions to develop environmental applications for, and understand the potential human health and environmental implications of, nanotechnology. That research has already borne fruit, particularly in the use of nanomaterials for environmental clean-up and in beginning to understand the disposition of nanomaterials in biological systems. Some environmental applications using nanotechnology have progressed beyond the research stage. The purpose of this book is elucidate the needs associated with nanotechnology, to support related EPA programs, and to communicate these nanotechnology science issues to stakeholders and the public. The book begins with an introduction that describes what nanotechnology is, why EPA is interested in it, and what opportunities and challenges exist regarding nanotechnology and the environment. It then moves to a discussion of the potential environmental benefits of nanotechnology, describing environmental technologies as well as other applications that can foster sustainable use of resources. The book next provides an overview of existing information on nanomaterials regarding components needed to conduct a risk assessment.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Foreword: Nantechnology White Paper (pp. ix-xiii)

1.0 Introduction (pp. 1-19)
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Nanotechnology Defined
1.3 Why Nanotechnology Is Important to EPA
1.4 National and International Context
1.5 What EPA is Doing with Respect to Nanotechnology
1.6 Opportunities and Challenges

2.0 Environmental Benefits of Nanotechnology (pp. 21-27)
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Benefits through Environmental Technology Applications
2.3 Benefits through other Applications that Support Sustainablility

3.0 Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials (pp. 29-61)
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Chemical Identification and Characterization of Nanomaterials
3.3 Environmental Fate of Nanomaterials
3.4 Environmental Detection and Analysis of Nanomaterials
3.5 Human Exposures and their Measurement and Control
3.6 Human Health Effects of Nanomaterials
3.7 Ecological Effects of Nanomaterials

4.0 Responsible Development (pp. 63-69)
4.1 Responsible Development of Nanoscale Materials
4.2 Program Areas
4.3 Environmental Stewardship

5.0 EPA’s Research Needs for Nanomaterials (pp. 71-81)
5.1 Research Needs for Environmental Applications
5.2 Research Needs for Risk Assessment

6.0 Recommendations (pp. 83-93)
6.1 Research Recommendations for Environmental Applications
6.2 Research Recommendations for Risk Assessment
6.3 Recommendations for Pollution Prevention and Environmental Stewardship
6.4 Recommendations for Collaborations
6.5 Recommendation to Convene an Intra-Agency Workgroup
6.6 Recommendation for Training
6.7 Summary of Recommendations

7.0 References (pp. 96-106)

Appendix A: Glossary of Nanotechnology Terms (pp. 107-109)

Appendix B: Principles of Environmental Stewardship Behavior (pp. 111-112)

Appendix C: EPA’s Nanotechnology Research Framework (pp. 113-114)

Appendix D: EPA STAR Grants for Nanotechnology (pp 115-119)

Appendix E: List of Nanotechnology White Paper External Peer Reviewers and Their Affiliations (pp. 121)

Index

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 4th Quarter
   Pages: 135 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-663-5
   Status: AV
  
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