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December 05, 2013
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 The UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology has featured our Nanotechnology Policy Fellow, Elizabeth Beryt in their December's researcher spotlight!"This one is of University of California, Los Angeles' postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Beryt who works with UC CEIN Faculty Timothy Malloy and J.R. DeShazo. Elizabeth discusses her research on law and policy related to engineered nanomaterials and its focus on how toxicity testing can fit into the correct regulatory...
February 27, 2013
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Dr. Andre Nel, director of the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and a partner of the Luskin Center, is featured in the first Sustainable Nano Organization Newsletter. The Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) is a non-profit comprised of individuals and institutions engaged in the research, development, and education of sustainable nanotechnology. The purpose of the organization is to provide a professional society forum to advance knowledge in all aspects of...
May 14, 2012
Today's article in GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) about the European Commision's recommended definition of nanomaterials highlights the challenge and promise in regulating nanotechnology. It also underscores the potential need for a next generation regulatory framework for the US that is based on the latest science.... By Alex Philippides"Unlike in Europe, the FDA has been reluctant to give nanomaterials a single, overarching definition. Explaining...
May 02, 2012
The Luskin Center would like to highlight an excellent article by Jennifer Marcus of the California NanoSystems Insitute. The article describes a huge step forward in safety screening for energineered nanomaterials...By Jennifer MarcusOriginally posted by UCLA NewsroomMay 01, 2012Engineered nanomaterials, prized for their unique semiconducting properties, are already prevalent in everyday consumer products — from sunscreens, cosmetics and paints to textiles and solar batteries — and economic...
April 14, 2011
 An article in the science journal Nano Today  underscores both the importance and viability of engineering nanoparticles to minimize risks and maximize benefits. This article highlights a new scientific breakthrough made by Andre Nel, Director of the UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, and his team including researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the University of Bremen in Germany. The nanoparticle ZnO, commonly...
October 14, 2010
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The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA and MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Twente, signed a Memorandum of Agreement on September 14, as reported by Nanowerk.“This agreement unites two of the world’s leading institutes of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Through joint research projects and educational exchanges CNSI and MESA+ will apply nanotechnology to problems of global concern in health and the environment… Collaborative efforts will be undertaken to commercialize...
August 13, 2010
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The NanoBusiness Alliance recently issued a position statement on Nanomaterials Product Sustainability. The move reflects NanoBusiness Alliance members’ commitment to managing the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology, according to the Nanowerk News. Yet much work remains to bring this commitment to full reality.Scientists are only beginning to study and understand the toxicity of nanomaterials and more broadly, the EHS implications of their use in clothing,...
July 29, 2010
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The Luskin Center’s Nanotechnology research project, which focuses on advancing health and environmental protections in the field of engineered nanomaterials, can complement our other initiatives and goals because nanomaterials are an important tool to advance renewable energy and smart water technologies. Case and point: in an exciting recent discovery, researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota have developed a process using nanomaterials that can be used to...
July 29, 2010
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Karey Holland of the Techcet Group provides an informative overview of the Greener Nanotech 2010 conference (June 16-18, University of Oregon, Portland, OR).  She notes that this conference focused on 1) the importance of verifying that any nanomaterials products are safe for the environment and health and 2) the importance of continuing to move the beneficial side of nanomaterials forward. What follows are key messages and information from the conference, summarized from the article by...