The Nano Cafes are sponsored by members of the Citizens' Coalition on Nanotechnology, in cooperation with faculty in the UW-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. The Nano Cafe provides a casual atmosphere in which people who don't know a lot about nanotechnology can listen to experts, ask questions and share concerns.
The intellectual merit of this NSF-funded program is based on the creation of new knowledge in four areas: (a) the synthesis and extension of existing knowledge about ethical issues in nanotechnology research and applications; (b) the synthesis and extension of existing knowledge about environmental, health, safety, and security impacts of nanotechnology; (c) documentation of the levels and changes over time of the geographic distribution within the US and among countries of nanotechnology-related patents; and (d) development and validation of the empirical relevance for policy, research, and public information of NanoIndicators.
The Nanodermatology Society (NDS) was established in 2010 to promote a greater understanding of the scientific and medical aspects of nanotechnology in skin health and disease. The Society is composed of physicians, dermatologists, physicists, chemists, policy makers, regulators, nanotechnology scientists, and students involved in nanotechnology specifically related to dermatology from teaching, to education, to scientific research.
The NanoEthicsBank is a database conceived as a resource for researchers, scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Items in the database include normative documents, such as guidelines for safety in the workplace, and descriptive materials, such as analysis of the U.S. government's capacity for oversight and studies of the media coverage of nanotechnology.
The precursor to the Nanofactory Collaboration was informally initiated by Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle in the Fall of 2000 during their time at Zyvex. Their continuing efforts, and those of others, have now grown into direct collaborations among 23 researchers or other participants (including 16 Ph.D's or Ph.D candidates) at 10 institutions in 4 countries (U.S., U.K., Russia, and Belgium), as of 2006.
An authoritative website that compiles data from multiple databases into a single resource, the Nanomaterial Registry (NR) provides tools for analyzing and comparing data on the biological and environmental implications of well-characterized nanomaterials.
The NanoRelease project will support the development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products. To do this the project will (1) examine full life cycles of nanomaterials in products, (2) work through specific release scenarios at key exposure points of the life cycle, (3) organize existing material characteristics data and measurement methods for those release scenarios, (4) develop a "state of the science" report for release measurement, and (5) carry out inter-laboratory testing to promote improvements, standardization, and widespread use of methods.
Twelve leading companies involved in the commercialization of carbon nanomaterials and products formed the NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon ("NCC") to address global legal, regulatory, environmental, health, and safety issues related to the responsible commercialization of their products.