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Posted: June 27, 2006
Nanotechnology safety lab set up by Chinese Academy of Sciences
(Nanowerk News) The National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the CAS Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) have joined hands in establishing a Laboratory for Biological Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety (NCNST-IHEP) in Beijing. Its nameplate-unveiling ceremony was held on June 22 on the campus of IHEP. CAS Executive Vice President BAI Chunli was present at the event.
Research into bio-effects of nanomaterials and nanosafety concerns the application and long-term development of nanotechnology, notes Prof Bai. It also contains innovation opportunities in the field. Apart from a social responsibility for scientists, the in-depth studies of nanosafety will effectively promote the health development of nanoscience and technology.
In addition to providing guidance for the safety of nano-products and improving consumers' confidence in the products, says Prof. Bai, the studies will lead to the new technology that could be used in monitoring, analyzing and even reducing the pollution caused by nano- and micro-materials that have already existed in our life. The cooperation between NCNST, which is a national public platform for nanotechnology, and IHEP, which is equipped with megascience research facilities, will be conductive to the upgrading of their overall research level in the field.