Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies


Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Project Contact

Colin Finan Manager, Implementation, Food Safety Campaign Tel: 202-552-2272

Pew partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center on the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies from 2005 to 2010. The project sought to ensure that the nation can enjoy the benefits of this new industrial revolution without undue worry about its potential environmental and human health risks.

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Nanotechnologies are hailed by many as the next industrial revolution. They promise to change everything from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear, from the medical treatments our doctors can offer to our energy sources and workplaces. Although focused on the very small, nanotechnologies offer tremendous potential benefits. From new cancer therapies to pollution-eating compounds, from more durable consumer products to detectors for biohazards like anthrax, from novel foods to more efficient solar cells, nanotechnologies are changing the way people think about the future.

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies collaborated with researchers, government, industry, NGOs, policymakers, and others to look long term, to identify gaps in knowledge and regulatory processes, and to develop strategies for closing them. The Project provided independent, objective knowledge and analysis to inform critical decisions affecting the development and commercialization of nanotechnologies.

Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology

Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology Report

In this landmark report, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology, J. Clarence (Terry) Davies calls for a new Department of Environmental and Consumer Protection to oversee product regulation, pollution control and monitoring, and technology assessment.

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