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Analysis and strategic management of nanoproducts with regard to their sustainability potential
Source: Federal Environment Agency Germany – Publication date: July 2012
The Nano-Sustainability Check provides an instrument offering a systematic grid for an integrated approach relative to sustainability aspects of nanotechnological applications. The approach chosen allows the Nano-Sustainability Check to serve as a strategic radar system for the management of opportunities and threats, in order to be able, for example, to anticipate beneficial effects for the environment and to identify new markets on the one hand, and on the other to strive to avoid bad investments and dangers to the society.

Application of Nanotechnologies in the Energy Sector
Source: Hessian Ministry of Economy, Transport, Urban and Regional Development – Publication date: August 2008
Nanotechnology applications could provide decisive technological breakthroughs in the energy sector and have a considerable impact on creating the sustainable energy supply that is required to make the transition from fossil fuels. Possibilities range from gradual short- and medium-term improvements for a more efficient use of conventional and renewable energy sources all the way to completely new long-term approaches for energy recovery and utilization.

Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Publication date: July 2006
This document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity and control, but it is only a starting point. The document serves as a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.

Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology (2009 Update)
Source: NIOSH – Publication date: March 2009
This document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. This updated version of the document incorporates some of the latest results of NIOSH research, but it is only a starting point. The document serves a dual purpose: it is a summary of NIOSH's current thinking and interim recommendations; and it is a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.

Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology
Source: OECD – Publication date: September 2013
The objective of the symposium was to systematically explore the need for and development of a methodology to assess the economic impact of nanotechnology across whole economies, factoring in many sectors and types of impact, including new and replacement products and materials, markets for raw materials, intermediate and final goods, and employment and other economic impacts.

Benefits, Risks, Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Nanotechnology
Source: Nanoforum – Publication date: June 2004
In this report, the Nanoforum consortium presents the present state of the art of the public and scientific debate on benefits, risks, and ethical, legal and social implications of nanotechnology in Europe and other parts of the world.

Big Picture on Nanoscience
Source: Wellcome Trust – Publication date: June 2005
From nano-hype to nano-nonsense, this issue in the Wellcome Trust's 'Big Picture' series sifts sense from speculation: What are nanotechnologies and what might they do for us? What (if anything) do we need to worry about? How are potential benefits weighed against possible downsides? What role should the public play in the process of nano development?

Bio-Nanorobotics: State of the Art and Future Challenges
Source: Wellcome Trust – Publication date: September 2005
This overview focuses on the state of the art in the field of nano-robotics by describing various molecular level systems and associated design and control issues.

Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention Through Development of Biobased Materials and Energy
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Publication date: January 2007
EPA has published a state-of-the-science report that examines scientists' understanding of plant-based alternatives to petroleum for materials and energy. The report looks at the progress made towards using plants and plant oils for plastics and fuels as well as the challenges for using these alternatives on scales large enough to meet society's needs and still protect the environment. The report addresses the use of nanotechnology, in particular nanomaterials and nanofiltration systems.

Bottom Up Nanomachines
Source: European Community Information Society Technologies Programme – Publication date: November 2003
The research summarized in this final report is the result of 3.5 years of work of a consortium of seven laboratories best in chemistry, nanotechnologies, atomic and molecular manipulation, UHV-STM, UHV-AFM, surface science and computer circuit architecture. The objective of BUN was to establish new sciences and technologies at the nanoscale for the fabrication of a calculator with a minimum number of molecule and ideally with only one, integrating all the function inside this single molecule.



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