Nanotechnology: Health and Environmental Risks

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  • Develops the premise and mechanics of risk analysis
  • Explains risk assessment in nontechnical language for nonspecialists
  • Introduces novel approaches, such as life cycle analysis, exposure assessment, and NANO LCRA, for conducting assessments of nanoscale materials and technologies
  • Presents current and proposed methods for managing the risks of nanoscale materials in occupational environments
  • Discusses the present international efforts that address the risk issues of nanotechnology


Interested in Nanotechnology but Can’t Bear to Wade through Detailed Technical Reports?

While reports on nanotechnology by research and marketing firms as well as governmental agencies are comprehensive and insightful, they can often be tedious to read, expensive to procure, and generally unknown to nonexperts interested in this technology. Offering a reader-friendly and affordable alternative to these options, Nanotechnology: Health and Environmental Risks introduces risk analysis as a tool for responsible environmental decision making in nanotechnology development and provides examples of past, present, and future technologies that demonstrate the need for and benefits of evaluating the risks of nanotechnology.

The Most Up-to-Date and Relevant Information on the Impact of Nanotechnology on Our Health and Surroundings

After outlining the steps of risk analysis, the book examines the opportunity costs inherent in current nanotechnology development. It then introduces life cycle analysis, the toxicology of nanoscale materials, and the known impacts of specific nanoscale materials on people. The text also covers environmental impacts and exposure, followed by chapters on the state-of-the-art tools that adapt life cycle thinking into risk analysis for nanotechnology. The final chapters describe current practices for managing the hazards and risks of nanoscale materials and explore the numerous international efforts that address the risks, science, and policies of nanotechnology.

Recognize and Overcome the Risks Involving Nanotechnology

With full-color images and insights into key health and environmental aspects of nanotechnology, this resource shows how the risk analysis of nanotechnology can play an important role in creating a sustainable future.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction: Assessing Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Risks
Defining Risk Assessment and How It Is Used for Environmental Protection and Its Potential Role for Managing Nanotechnology Risks
Sustainable Nanotechnology Development Using Risk Assessment and Applying Life Cycle Thinking
The State of the Science—Human Health, Toxicology, and Nanotechnological Risk
Brenda E. Barry
The State of the Science—Environmental Risks
NANO LCRA An Adaptive Screening-Level Life Cycle Risk Assessment Framework for Nanotechnology
Alternative Approaches for Life Cycle Risk Assessment for Nanotechnology and Comprehensive Environmental Assessment
Jo Anne Shatkin and J. Michael Davis
Current and Proposed Approaches for Managing Risks in Occupational Environments
Brenda E. Barry
Ongoing International Efforts to Address Risk Issues for Nanotechnology

Editorial Reviews

"... an excellent introduction into the field of nanomaterials risk assessment. ... interdisciplinary and forward-looking... The authors' experiences in the field, enthusiasm, and forward-thinking makes it a very valuable resource for scientists and engineers as well as students."
—Dr. Igor Linkov, Research Scientist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development

"I applaud the series editor, GL Hornyak, for purposely developing this book and the others in the series to plainly and directly report on different aspects of nanotechnology."
– Richard E. Wenning, IEAM Editor in Chief, in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 2008, Vol. 4, No. 4