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.