Knowledge for Development

General


Introduction to nanotechnology: what is nanotechnology?

The significance of nanotechnology to manufacturing is outlined and an overview is provided of the new materials and applications that are based on it, including nanotubes, biopolymers, cosmetics, composites, clays, coatings, tools, paints, fuel cells, displays, batteries, fuel additives, catalysts, nanotube composites, lubricants, magnetic materials, medical implants, water purification, military battle suites, arc and laser methods, plastics, energy storage, adhesives, molecular electronics, thermal materials, structural composites, fibers and fabrics, ceramics, biomedical applications, and filtration.

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Agrifood Nanotechnology research and development database

The database is designed to grant access to the information collected and the specific evaluation criteria for 160 projects that were included in an earlier agrifood nanotechnology R&D study. The information collected includes abstracts and objectives describing the projects which were taken from the primary sources (i.e. USDA, FDA, PTO, etc.). The database also includes the specific categorizations of these projects, such as the topics and techniques used. The definitions for the criteria used can be found in the accompanying report. The database allows two ways to interact with the data. First, each project can be viewed in its entirety as individual records. Second, several topical reports have been generated around specific criteria including Risks and Benefits, Sectors and Research Areas, Topics and Techniques, Toxicity and Endpoints, and Time to Commercialization. Microsoft Access 2000 or greater is necessary to open the database.

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Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

Fourth generation nanotechnology will radically transform the world of the early 21st century. The mission of CRN is to: (1) raise awareness of the benefits, the dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use of advanced nanotechnology; (2) expedite a thorough examination of the environmental, humanitarian, economic, military, political, social, medical, and ethical implications of molecular manufacturing; and (3) assist in the creation and implementation of wise, comprehensive, and balanced plans for responsible worldwide use of this transformative technology. The purpose of CRN is not to determine exactly when and how nanotechnology will enable disruptive molecular manufacturing, but to stimulate effective preparation for it, whenever and however it comes.

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International Council on Nanotechnology - ICON

ICON is an international, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to develop and communicate information regarding potential environmental and health risks of nanotechnology, thereby fostering risk reduction while maximizing societal benefit.

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Nanotechnology and Development News (NDN)

Available via e-mail, online and RSS News Feed, Nanotechnology and Development News is a free daily news service covering the most important global developments at the nexus of nanotechnology, poverty alleviation, and the role of science and technology in development. Nanotechnology and Development News provides succinct summaries of the most pertinent news stories, op-eds, journal articles, and reports on scientific innovations and technological applications; policy issues; risk-related information; intellectual property rights and access to data; technology transfer and capacity building; global and regional networks; and economic development.

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Nanotechnology challenges: productivity of agriculture

Nanotechnology will impact food production and processing in three main areas: crop disease control and management; food quality and safety; and, demands on food packaging. Examples include: the development of nanoscale electromechanical systems to study pathogen and plant interactions that lead to disease symptoms; nanoscale processes to extract and analyze genetic material from single or several cells; nanoscale systems to track agricultural products; tiny hybrid particles that can speedily root out even one isolated E. coli bacterium lurking in ground beef; and the use of nano-size silver particles to help hinder the oxidation of oils to make it last longer.

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Foresight Nanotech Institute: advancing beneficial nanotechnology

Foresight is the leading think tank and public interest institute on nanotechnology. Founded in 1986, Foresight was the first organization to educate society about the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. At that time, nanotechnology was a little-known concept. Today, with the basic framework of public understanding in place, Foresight is refocusing its efforts on guiding nanotechnology research, public policy and education to address the critical challenges facing humanity.

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Nanotechnology Homepage of the European Commission

This web service provides an overview of nanotechnology related activities at the European Commission. It highlights elements specifically relevant to nanotechnology in Europe such as the European Strategy and the Action Plan, projects and funding opportunities in the Framework Programmes and related publications and events.

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Nanotechnology and Commodities Database

The Meridian Institute developed this Nanotechnology and Commodities Database as a resource for an international workshop held in 2007. It describes examples of nanotechnology applications that may present opportunities and risks for specific commodity sectors, including: agricultural and food commodities; mining and mineral commodities; fibers, textiles, and apparel; and rubber, plastic, and composite materials.

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Meridian Institute Nanotechnology Portal

The Meridian Institute helps decision makers and diverse stakeholders solve some of society's most contentious public policy issues. Nanotechnology activities of Meridian include the organization and facilitation of and participation in: the Dialogue Series on Nanotechnology and Federal Regulations; the International Workshop on Nanotechnology, Commodities, and Development; the International Workshop on Nanotechnology, Water, and Development; the Global Dialogue on Nanotechnology and the Poor (GDNP); the International Council on Nanotechnology; the International Dialogue on Responsible Research and Development of Nanotechnology; the Workshop on "A Conceptual Risk Governance Framework for Nanotechnology”; Nanotechnology and Development News; the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC); the Objective Force Warrior Program; the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies NanoFrontiers Workshop; and the Rockefeller Foundation Meetings on Nanotechnology.

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