Topic “Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety”

Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety

Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.

In partnership with the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanomaterials and Timothy Malloy of the UCLA School of Law, the Luskin Center is embarking on a new study of regulatory approaches to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and new or existing policy models that could assist regulatory agencies in improving existing frameworks to enable a nimble response to ENMs through the use of new and emerging data. A key element is the integration of the latest science concerning health and safety of nanomaterials into the regulatory arena. 

While nanomaterials have the potential to provide radically new approaches to monumental challenges such as producing affordable solar energy or removing contaminants from water, questions remain on the best practices for production, use, and disposal of nanomaterials.

Select Publications

California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education
Andre Nel, David Grainger, Pedro Alverez, Santokh Badesha, Vincent Castranova, Mauro Ferrari, Hilary Godwin, Piotr Grodzinski, Jeff Morris, Nora Savage, Norma Scott, Mark Weisner

Blogs

The UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology has featured our Nanotechnology Policy Fellow, Elizabeth Beryt in their December's researcher spotlight!

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.

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.

Initiatives

Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Advancing technological, economic, and policy solutions to develop underutilized local water systems.
Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.
Supporting the transition to electric-drive and alternative-fuel vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Paving the way for complete, living streets that create vibrant, productive and sustainable communities.
Strengthening local governments' capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
Supporting the dissemination of clean technologies and the greening of other sectors.