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Posted: November 11, 2008
International Council on Nanotechnology launches tool for EHS database analysis
(Nanowerk News) Researchers can now do their own analysis of research
on the risks of nanomaterials with a new tool unveiled today at the website of the International
Council on Nanotechnology (ICON). The database analysis tool can be found at http://icon.rice.edu/report.cfm.
The ICON EHS Database Analysis Tool offers a way for researchers at universities, nongovernmental
organizations, government and industry worldwide to analyze ICON’s database of
citations to peer-reviewed publications addressing nanomaterials’ environmental, health and
safety impacts. The tool enables research comparisons, with every database entry assigned nine
indices and each index including a trend across time.
“In addition to returning a list of abstracts that meet criteria chosen by the user, the database now
allows the user to analyze research trends across time and by category,” said ICON director and
Rice chemist Dr. Kristen Kulinowski. “This provides the user with a much more powerful way to
interact with the database’s rich content.”
ICON is an international organization with members from academia, non-governmental
organizations, industry and government dedicated to the safe, responsible and beneficial
development of nanotechnology. Its EHS database, introduced in 2005, was the first effort to
integrate the vast and diverse scientific literature on the impacts of nanoparticles.
“The new tool is an important addition to the database,” said Kulinowski. “It is designed to
provide a better understanding of the current state of knowledge of risk-relevant research and
help identify any gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed in order to support robust risk
assessment, management and communication efforts.”
With the newly enabled features, a researcher can:
Compare categories within a specific time range, e.g., selecting papers published between
2000-2007 and requesting the number that studied nanoscale carbons, oxides, metals and
Track the progression of publications in a given category by month or year, e.g., plotting
the number of publications studying nanoscale carbons and oxides by year or month
between 2000 and 2007.
Generate and export custom reports
Click on a report result to generate a list of publications meeting user-defined criteria.
The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) is an international, multi-stakeholder
organization based at Rice University. Our mission is to develop and communicate information regarding
potential environmental and health risks of nanotechnology thereby fostering risk reduction while
maximizing societal benefit. The council has evolved into a network of scholars, industrialists,
government officials and public interest advocates who share information and perspectives on a broad
range of issues at the intersection of nanotechnology and environment, health and safety. We maintain a
public portal for information on nanomaterial environment, health and safety (EHS) at