WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Project on Emerging
Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars -- a
project supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts -- today announced a series of
meetings and a symposium that will result in an important report about how to
apply the principles of green chemistry and green engineering to
This new GreenNano series at the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies aims
to advance development of clean technologies using nanotechnology, to minimize
the environmental and human health risks associated with the manufacture and
use of nanotechnology products in general, and to encourage replacement of
existing products with new nano products that are more environmentally
friendly throughout their lifecycle.
This initiative is being led by Dr. Barbara Karn, on detail to the Project
on Emerging Nanotechnologies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Research and Development. For the past five years, Dr. Karn managed
EPA's nanotechnology research program. She is a nationally recognized expert
in combining nanotechnology with green chemistry, industrial ecology, and
According to Dr. Karn, "The GreenNano series is designed to explore
everything from new nanotechnology products claiming to be better for the
environment -- because of saved energy, reduced waste, or safer materials used
-- to smart engineering and business practices. It will look at government
policies that offer incentives for developing such low-risk practices. The
effort also will highlight research in green nanotechnology applications,
including an eight session nanotechnology research and environment symposium
at the American Chemical Society meeting in Atlanta, GA during March 26-30,
"Green nanotechnology isn't a distant 'Star Trek' fantasy," said Dr. Karn.
"Today, scientists are using nanotechnology to develop small, highly efficient
and portable personal solar cells -- using a flexible polymer sheet that can
be rolled up and taken anywhere to recharge communications devices like laptop
computers and mobile phones. Key nanotechnology companies and researchers are
taking responsibility to ensure that nanotech products are produced in
environmentally safe ways and that their risks to humans and the environment
are minimized both during production and consumption. We want to highlight
these efforts and look for ways to help encourage that kind of innovation."
The first event on Thursday, February 16th at 2 p.m. at the Wilson Center in
Washington, D.C. will attempt to define green nanotechnology based on what we
have learned from green chemistry and from the development of environmentally
friendlier manufacturing processes and products.
"Muppet character Kermit The Frog is famous for singing the song, 'It's
Not Easy Bein' Green,'" said Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies Director
David Rejeski. "But we believe that nanotechnology can be 'green' and help to
enable a better environment. We also think the U.S. could be a global leader
in green nanotech, and that government policy incentives should be directed
toward this goal. We know that green nanotechnology can be a source of
American jobs and company profits in the future."
"Nanotechnology holds tremendous potential for pollution prevention and
sustainability, especially in the areas of clean water, energy, and efficient
sensors. We are interested in bringing together stakeholders from government,
industry, the research community, and citizen organizations who are committed
to ensuring that nanotechnology helps create a new, more sustainable economy,"
In addition to Dr. Karn, the February 16th event will feature Dr. John
Warner, professor and director, Green Chemistry Program, School of Health and
the Environment, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and co-author of The
12 Principles of Green Chemistry; and Dr. Jim Hutchison, professor of
Chemistry, University of Oregon, the head of the green chemistry Hutch Lab
research group and holder of a U.S. patent for a process his lab created that
manufactures a gold atom nanoparticle without the environmentally harmful
effects usually associated with its creation.
For a complete schedule of GreenNano programs over the next six months,
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.
According to EmTech research, there are currently about 80 consumer
products now on the market containing engineered nanomaterials -- everything
from cosmetics and sun screens to tennis rackets and golf balls. There are
more than 600 electronics components, raw materials, drug delivery
technologies, and research, process, and software tools which are used to
research nanoscale technologies, manipulate nanomaterials and fabricate at the
The National Science Foundation predicts that the global marketplace for
goods and services using nanotechnologies will grow to $1 trillion by 2015 and
employ 2 million workers.
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 http://www.nanotechproject.org.
CONTACT: Sharon McCarter of Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars, +1-202-691-4016, firstname.lastname@example.org
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