First-Ever New Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory Accessible to Public

Online List Details 200+ First Generation Nano Products

Available Today on Store Shelves and via Internet

Mar 10, 2006, 00:00 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Project on Emerging
 Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today
 launched The Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory. This is the first and
 only publicly accessible online inventory of nanotechnology consumer products.
 The inventory currently contains information on 212 manufacturer-identified
 nano products. This far exceeds the existing federal government-accepted
 estimate of approximately 80 consumer products. The inventory can be accessed
 at no cost online at
     The inventory furthers the Project on Emerging Nanotechnology's mission to
 encourage discussion about nanotechnology's benefits and its promise, as well
 as its safety and environmental impacts. Currently, the searchable database
 catalogs consumer products using nanotechnology or containing nano materials -
 - from sunscreens to refrigerators and cultured diamonds. While not complete,
 it is the most comprehensive repository of nanotechnology consumer products
 available to the public, policymakers, and industry.
     "We are at the vanguard of discovering the endless benefits of
 nanotechnology for applications like targeted cancer treatments and more
 efficient solar cells. With this inventory, we also are learning that this
 technology is already being incorporated into our daily lives. It's on store
 shelves and being sold in every part of the world," said David Rejeski,
 director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which is supported by
 The Pew Charitable Trusts.
     Until now, there was no known broad list of specific products using or
 containing nanotechnology that was readily accessible to consumers, retailers,
 researchers, and the media. The U.S. government relies on data compiled by
 EmTech Research regarding how nanotechnology is marketed and used
 commercially. The Project's inventory was developed in response to consumer
 interest in nanotechnology and its commercial uses. It provides the public
 with a first look at the vast array of acknowledged products companies are
 currently making available to shoppers.
     Beginning in 2005, the Project began compiling products and materials
 containing nanotechnology from around the globe for inclusion in the consumer
 inventory. Entry to the list is based primarily on online, English language
 information provided by the product manufacturers. It does not include
 nanotechnology consumer products which companies have not identified as such.
     With these caveats, notable findings from the data in the inventory
     *  Health and fitness is the most robust category in the inventory, with
        125 products to-date, everything from face creams to hockey sticks.
        Electronics and computers make up the second largest category with 30
        products, followed by the home and garden category;
     *  Within the health and fitness category, clothing -- such as stain-
        resistant shirts, pants and neckties -- constitutes the largest sub-
        category with 34 products, followed closely by sporting goods (33
        products) and cosmetics (31 products);
     *  The U.S. is the overwhelming leader in consumer nanotechnology product
        development with 126; East Asia and Europe follow with 42 and 35 nano
        products respectively; and
     *  Nanoengineered carbon is the most common material used in the nano
        products included within the inventory, followed by silver and silica.
     "Nanotechnology's potential is vast and it's real. The opportunity for
 nanotechnology ranges from improving Olympic sports equipment to discovering
 better treatments for Alzheimer's disease," said Andrew Maynard, science
 advisor of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. "But our ability to reap
 the long-term benefits of nanotechnology -- in areas from energy production to
 medicine -- will depend on how well industry and government manage the safety
 and performance of this first generation of products."
     About Nanotechnology
     Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and manufacture
 things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a
 meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide.
     The National Science Foundation predicts that the global marketplace for
 goods and services using nanotechnologies will grow to $1 trillion by 2015.
 The U.S. invests approximately $3 billion annually in nanotechnology research
 and development, which accounts for approximately one-third of the total
 public and private sector investments worldwide.
     Inventory Data
     Every item contained in the inventory is manufacturer-identified. Any
 statements, claims and views expressed by a manufacturer or third-party
 contained in this inventory are solely those of the party making the statement
 or claim.
     Product details include:  the product name, company/manufacturer or
 supplier information, country of origin, and category or subcategory, as well
 as a product photograph and description, hyperlink to the product website and
 the date that the product was added to the index.
     Products are grouped according to categories based loosely on publicly
 available consumer product classification systems, which include health and
 fitness, electronics and computers, home and garden, food and beverage,
 automotive, appliances and children's goods. The inventory also uses sub-
 categories. For example, paint is a sub-category labeled under the home and
 garden main category.
     The inventory will be updated regularly as new information is available.
 Users are encouraged to submit new product information for consideration to
     Special Launch Event and Webcast
     The Center will formally release the Nanotechnology Consumer Products
 Inventory at a special launch event today from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST at the
 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, located at 1300 Pennsylvania
 Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 5th floor conference room.
     The event will be webcast live at
     High resolution photos of products in the nanotechnology consumer products
 inventory are available to the media at
 Username: WWICSFtp Password: p+F$c1WW.  Questions regarding photos should be
 directed to Alex Parlini: or (202) 691-4282.
     The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is an initiative launched by the
 Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2005. It is dedicated to
 helping business, government and the public anticipate and manage possible
 health and environmental implications of nanotechnology. For more information
 about the project, log on to
     Contact: Debra Masters
     Phone: (202) 326-1821
     Julia A. Moore
     Phone: (202) 691-4025

SOURCE Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars