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Resources

Nanotechnology

ETC Group
An assortment of publications and other materials on nanotechnology and its impacts on society.

Friends of the Earth–Nanotechnology website
Includes the report Nanomaterial, Sunscreens, and Cosmetics: Small Ingredients, Big Risks, and a nano-sunscreen, cosmetic and personal care products inventory.  Also, visit the Friends of the Earth Australia’s Nanotechnology Project

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
This site includes numerous reports and the only searchable nano-consumer product database.

Hazards Magazine-Special Issue on Nanotechnology
This special issue of the UK publication, Hazards, contains an extensive review of safety and health issues related to nanotechnologies.

The Royal Society–Royal Academy of Engineering
Seminal 2004 report outlining the risks of nanotechnology.

Environmental Working Group: Nanomaterial Personal Care Products Listing

National Nanotechnology Initiative
The U.S. government’s official nanotechnology coordinating office.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA’s nanotechnology policy page.

The Center on Nanotechnology and Society

Interdisciplinary center on the societal implications of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on the human condition
The Foresight Institute
A nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the emerging science of nanotechnology, its benefits, risks, and policy that affects it.

“Titanium Dioxide (P25) Produces Reactive Oxygen Species in Immortalized Brain Microglia: Implications for Nanoparticle Neurotoxicity”
Study showing manufactured nanoparticles of titanium dioxide – used in many nano-sunscreens and nano-cosmetics – at low concentrations can produce harmful free radicals in brain cells and the potential for brain cell damage.

“Correlation Between Particle Size, In Vitro Particle Persistence, and Lung Injury”
An Environmental Health Perspectives article detailing how nanoscale particles cause noticeably more lung inflammation and injury than their microscale equivalents.

“Manufactured Nanomaterials (Fullerenes, C60) Induce Oxidative Stress in the Brain of Juvenile Largemouth Bass”
An Environmental Health Perspectives article describing how largemouth bass experienced brain damage when nanosized fullerenes were placed in their habitat.

Nanoparticles: An Occupational Hygiene Review, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Research Report 274
2004 study gives an overview of nanoparticle exposure and examines the routes, sources, levels of exposure, control measures, and exposure numbers.

Swiss Re, Nanotechnology: Small Matter, Many Unknowns
2004 overview study that addresses the risk issues associated with nanotechnology from an insurability perspective.

Nanowerk
Nanowerk- an extensive nanomaterial database; nanorisk newsletter

“Toxic potential of materials at the nanolevel”, Nel et al.
2006 article published in Science discussing the toxicity and mobility hazards to human health of nanomaterials.

Allianz Group and OECD, Small size that matter: Opportunities and risks of nanotechnologies
2005 joint study